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Democracy as an aspect of security policy – Perspectives from Europe and beyond

How is the perception of autocracies as security threats articulated in national security strategies?

In a constantly and fast-changing global scenario characterised by increasingly complex security concerns, the backsliding of democracy has emerged as a growing trend. Among the different variables impacting this phenomenon, autocratic interference in democracy is a major concern for many countries and international organisations. 

For Germany this is a crucial issue due to its current conceptualisation of a national security strategy; Democracy Reporting International seeks to inform with the knowledge and resources of its democratic allies.

Join us on December 5 at 14:00 CET. Our Executive Director, Michael Meyer-Resende, will present our study on how to reflect democracy in the security strategies of European countries and their democratic partners. We want to discuss with national and European officials what democracy means for security in Europe and review best practices in this field. After the presentation, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A session for the participants. 

The event will be moderated by Nicola Schmidt, our Director of Programmes.


  • H.E Ms Maria Leissner, Ambassador at the Department for International Law, Human Rights and Democracy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
  • Mr Daniel Hegedüs, Senior Program Officer, German Marshall Fund.
  • Mr Michael Meyer-Resende, Executive Director, Democracy Reporting International.
  • Moderated by Ms Nicola Schmidt, Director of Programmes, Democracy Reporting International.

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Democracy as an Aspect of Security Policy Perspectives from Europe and Beyond

Check out the comparative study on reflecting democracy in the security strategies of European countries. 

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This study was conducted by Diana L. Wolski.


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