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Since 2008, political gridlock and economic turmoil have undermined the appeal of Western democratic capitalism, and many countries in the developing world are turning to China as a model for rapid growth. This battle of ideas between democratic and authoritarian approaches to growth often ignores the continued success stories of democratic market economies beyond the West.
Join us as Paul Wolfowitz, former president of the World Bank, hosts a luncheon event to discuss findings from Democracy Works — a joint project of the Legatum Institute (United Kingdom), Center for Development and Enterprise (South Africa), Center for Policy Research (India), and Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade (Brazil) — challenging the belief that democracy is a hindrance to growth and development.
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Registration and Lunch
Paul Wolfowitz, AEI
Ann Bernstein, Center for Development and Enterprise, South Africa
Simon Schwartzman, Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade, Brazil
Eswaran Sridharan, University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India, India
Anne Applebaum, Legatum Institute
Paul Wolfowitz, AEI
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Anne Applebaum is the director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute in London, which examines the challenges and opportunities of radical political and economic change. She is also a columnist for The Washington Post and Slate and the author of several books including “Gulag: A History” (Doubleday Publishing, 2003), which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, among other awards. Her most recent book, “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956” (Doubleday Publishing, 2012), won the 2013 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature and was nominated for a National Book Award. Since 1989, Applebaum’s journalism has focused on the politics of transition in Russia, central Europe, and other former communist states, and British, American, and European politics and international relations. Her work also appears regularly in publications such as The New York Review of Books, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, and The Daily Telegraph.
Ann Bernstein is the executive director of the Center for Development and Enterprise, a South Africa–based independent policy research and advocacy organization that focuses on the role of business and its contribution to development. From 1994 to 2001, she was a member of both the board and the transition team of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. In 2005 Bernstein was a fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, and in 2008 and 2009 was an invited faculty member at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In 2013 she spent time at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, as a Public Policy Scholar. She has authored numerous publications, including her most recent book, “The Case for Business in Developing Economies” (Penguin Books, 2010). She is a regular public speaker and often appears on radio and TV.
Simon Schwartzman is a senior researcher at the Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade (Institute for the Study of Labor and Society) in Rio de Janeiro. He previously served as a professor of political science at the Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro (University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro) and the University of São Paulo, and as president of Brazil’s national statistical office. He is a recipient of the National Order of Scientific Merit (Brazil). His recent books include “Brasil: A Nova Agenda Social” (LTC Publications, 2011) and “The Challenges of Education in Brazil” (Symposium Books, 2004).
Eswaran Sridharan is the academic director of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India, New Delhi. He is a political scientist with research interests in the political economy of development, party systems and coalition politics, international relations theory, and conflict resolution and cooperation-building in South Asia. He is the author of “The Political Economy of Industrial Promotion: Indian, Brazilian, and Korean Electronics in Comparative Perspective 1969–1994” (Praeger Publishers, 1996) and has edited several books on topics including coalition politics in India and the India-Pakistan nuclear relationship. He is the editor of India Review and is on the editorial advisory board of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics.
Paul Wolfowitz is a visiting scholar at AEI, where he works on international development issues. He has spent more than three decades in public service and higher education. Most recently, he served as president of the World Bank and US deputy secretary of defense. As ambassador to Indonesia, he became known for his advocacy of reform, political openness, and interest in development issues. Before joining AEI, Wolfowitz served as the dean of the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.