Anti-Autocracy Conference

Autocracy in America –  A Warning and Response

Tuesday July 23, New York University

We will be live-streaming the conference at the following link: https://www.law.nyu.edu/livestream

Co-sponsors: Principles First | State Democracy Defenders Action | Democracy Forward | The American Autocracy Threat Tracker

Co-chairs: Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Ty Cobb, Norm Eisen, Bill Kristol, Heath Mayo, Skye Perryman

Confirmed Speakers: George Conway, John Dean, Charlie Dent, Geoff Duncan, Keith Ellison, David Frum, Nancy Gertner, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Bob Kagan, Dahlia Lithwick, Sarah Longwell, J. Michael Luttig, Joanna Lydgate, Sarah Matthews, Norm Ornstein, Danya Perry, Skye Perryman, Matthew Platkin, Asha Rangappa, Jen Rubin, Olivia Troye, Steve Vladeck, Joe Walsh, Maya Wiley

(Additional speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.)

The American Autocracy Threat Tracker analyzes commitments by autocratic actors to implement in our country in 2025. History teaches us that threats to assault core democratic principles should not be taken lightly. On the contrary, contemporary lessons from backsliding democracies like Hungary, Turkey, and Poland, not to mention from more ominous historical parallels, are that autocratic plans must be taken seriously. Conversely, social science data and lived experience teach us that big tent pro-rule of law coalitions that are multi-ideological and multi-partisan are an antidote to autocratic advance and have a proven record of success.

The Autocracy in America conference will sound the alarm on this rising threat in the United States— and advance both short- and long-term responses.

The gathering itself will be informed by the seriousness of the risk we face but also by the availability of solutions that have worked elsewhere and can work here. Attendees will include ordinary Americans from all over the country as well as scholars and practitioners. We are coming together through our shared confidence in the American experiment and in the American people to transcend this challenge as we have so many others throughout our history.

For press inquiries, please contact press@statedemocracydefenders.org or info@principlesfirst.us.