In recent months, historians, policymakers, and voters have grown concerned that liberal democracy is under attack in the United States and abroad. The possibility of Russian interference with the American electoral system, depictions of the media as “the enemy of the American people,” and ongoing conflict between the judicial and executive branches have led to questions about the stability of democratic norms, principles, and institutions in the United States. Meanwhile, the rise of populist nationalism and the undermining of the European Union have raised similar concerns in other democratic nations around the world.
What can be done to protect liberal democracy domestically and internationally? What role should Congress play in repelling illiberalism—whether it come from Moscow or Fifth Avenue—and engaging civil society in that effort? How should its members think about discharging their constitutional duties during this period of uncertainty?
On March 21, Governance Studies and Lawfare hosted Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, to provide his perspective in a major address.
Following his remarks, Rep. Schiff discussed this landmark moment in U.S. history with Brookings experts and answered audience questions.
Read a recap of Rep. Schiff’s remarks and watch highlights of his keynote address on our Brookings Now blog.
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What to expect from Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address
[The recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee report on Russian meddling] is a thorough and comprehensive view of Russia’s decades-long political warfare against the West. The lesson learned from Europe, which has borne the brunt of Russian attacks, is that Russia can be deterred but that requires leadership. For that reason, this report would have sent a much stronger message to the Trump administration if it had Republican support. As is, it is an urgent warning and a call to action, but it may fall on deaf ears.