The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) convened a bipartisan virtual town hall with Congressman David Price (D-NC) and former Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), alongside USAID Acting Administrator Gloria Steele. They discussed the bipartisan agenda to strengthen democratic institutions around the world, and how that impacts our democracy here at home.
Here’s what these leaders had to say:
The conversation was led by USGLC President and CEO, Liz Schrayer, who said: “One thing that brings us all together is this passionate commitment for democracy. We know it is precious and fragile – both here in our own country and around the world. And one of the things that brings the USGLC together is this belief that America’s engagement in the world is directly linked to America’s health and economic well-being. And this past year with the global pandemic nothing has brought that issue home more dramatically and directly.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many aspects of democracy around the world — from postponing elections to suspending citizen protests to amplifying the global debate of authoritarianism versus democracy.