Is the global march toward democracy and human rights inevitable or facing a new crisis of confidence? Shifting power balances in the world are shaking the foundations of the international liberal order, revealing new fault lines at the intersection of international security and human rights. Will these new global trends help or hinder the world’s long struggle for human rights and democracy? The answer depends on the role of five rising democracies—India, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey and Indonesia—as both examples and supporters of liberal ideas and practices.
On February 18, Brookings hosted senior fellow and author Ted Piccone for its second Brookings Book Club to address these questions and more from his new book, “Five Rising Democracies and the Fate of the International Liberal Order” (Brookings Press, 2016). Piccone was joined by James Traub of Foreign Policy magazine and New York University for a lively discussion followed by audience Q&A.