Georgetown University will host a conversation on how hate-fueled violence presents a threat to democracy and what governments can do to respond. White House Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall and White House Deputy Homeland Security Advisor Joshua Geltzer will be joined by former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Executive Director of Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection Mary McCord for a discussion moderated by Georgetown School of Foreign Service Professor Bruce Hoffman.

The conversation will assess the state of the threat to democracy posed by hate-fueled violence and will explore how the U.S. Government has responded, including through its issuance of the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, its convening of the United We Stand Summit, and its development of a national strategy for addressing anti-Semitism. The discussion will look ahead to the evolution of the threat in years to come and will draw lessons from America’s response for other democracies confronting similar challenges.

The event has now ended. It took place at Riggs Library, Healy Hall (3700 O Street Northwest Washington, DC 20007). Below is a recording of the event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Summit for Democracy, the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown Law.

About Summit for Democracy 2023

This event is part of the second Summit for Democracy, co-hosted by the United States with the governments of Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, and Republic of Zambia. The second Summit for Democracy will assemble world leaders in a virtual, plenary format, followed by gatherings in each of the co-hosted countries with representatives from government, civil society, and the private sector. Co-hosting the second Summit for Democracy with a regionally diverse group of co-hosts reinforces the truth that a safer and fairer world grounded in democratic values is both a shared aspiration and a shared responsibility. Building on the first Summit for Democracy held in December 2021, this gathering will highlight how democracies deliver for their citizens and are best equipped to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

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