We are at a remarkable crossroads in history, where recent events are challenging the arc of progress and prosperity and upending fundamental beliefs about globalization, international cooperation and the enduring nature of democracy. Is the Western spirit of integration and openness being replaced by walls, both metaphorically and literally? What are the threats and opportunities within this changing social, political and economic environment? Can democratic systems be reformed, or is a complete overhaul the only option?
The New York Times Athens Democracy Forum has never been more urgent, relevant or important. This September 13-17, we will assemble leading policy makers, business leaders, scholars and other experts to define, assess and tackle the critical questions about the world at this moment.