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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “Freedom in the World 2019: Democracy in Retreat” February 5, in Washington, DC

“Freedom in the World 2019: Democracy in Retreat” will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The event is presented by the Dean’s Forum in partnership with Freedom House and Johns Hopkins University’s SNF Agora Institute.
This event will feature a discussion focused on the threats to freedom and democracy around the world.
Michael Abramowitz
President, Freedom House
Karen DeYoung
Associate Editor and Senior National Security Correspondent, The Washington Post
Yascha Mounk
Associate Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Senior Fellow, SNF Agora Institute
Elise Labott
Former CNN Global Affairs Correspondent
Time and Date
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting "Media" on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Media Contact
Jason Lucas
Johns Hopkins University SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620 office
+1 (202) 422-2652 mobile
[email protected]
Alexis Schuler
Freedom House
+1 (202) -747-7005
[email protected]
About Speakers
Michael J. Abramowitz is president of Freedom House. Before joining Freedom House in February 2017, he was director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. He led the museum’s genocide prevention efforts and later oversaw its public education programs. He was previously National Editor and then White House correspondent for The Washington Post. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former fellow at the German Marshall Fund and the Hoover Institution. A graduate of Harvard College, he is also a board member of the National Security Archive, and a member of the Human Freedom Advisory Council for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Karen DeYoung is an associate editor and senior national security correspondent for The Washington Post. In more than three decades at the paper, she has served as bureau chief in Latin America and London and as a correspondent covering the White House, U.S. foreign policy and the intelligence community. She has been assistant managing editor for national news, national editor and foreign editor. She has won numerous awards for national and international reporting and is the author of “Soldier,” a biography of Colin Powell. She has received numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting; the Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting and the Overseas Press Club Considine Award for International Affairs reporting. DeYoung received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.
Elise Labott is a journalist covering foreign affairs based in Washington, DC and most recently was CNN’s Global Affairs Correspondent. Since 2000, Labott covered US foreign policy and international affairs for the network, reporting from more than 80 countries and has interviewed and traveled the world with seven Secretaries of State. Most recently Labott traveled to Israel and Turkey with National Security Adviser John Bolton. Prior to joining CNN, Labott covered the United Nations for ABC News and also reported on diplomatic and foreign policy issues for Agence France-Presse and other publications. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Labott received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a master's degree from the New School for Social Research.
Yascha Mounk is a political scientist known for his work on the rise of populism and the crisis of liberal democracy. His third and most recent book, "The People vs Democracy: Why Our Freedom is In Danger and How to Save It," has been translated into ten languages and recognized as a “Best Book of 2018” by the Financial Times and other publications. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and Harvard University, Mounk is a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a Senior Advisor at Protect Democracy, a Columnist at Slate, and the host of The Good Fight podcast. He is also a frequent contributor to international newspapers and magazines including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic and Foreign Affairs as well as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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