In the twenty-first century, democracy confronts numerous challenges that scholars and public officials need to comprehend. Some of the newer democracies, such as those in Africa and Latin America, appear to be unstable, even though several of them are moving toward consolidation. Furthermore, established democracies in the post-industrial world are confronting economic, social, and cultural challenges: aging populations, unstable welfare systems, and new immigrant groups.
In addition to these problems, international terrorism threatens peace and freedom around the world, leading many to question whether democracy can survive in such a hostile environment.
Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College are hosting a conference on January 25 - 27, 2007 that seeks to understand the current state and future of democracy during this age of uncertainty. Numerous issues concerning democratization are to be addressed at our event, including the sustainability of democracy in the developing world, challenges facing post-industrial democracies, the impact of terrorism on freedom, and how globalization affects democracy.
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