Posted on: May 8, 2018

Forum on the State of American Democracy

Forum on the State of American Democracy

The School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia International University is glad to invite you to:

Friday, May 18, 2018   
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM 

School of Public and International Relations 
4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, VA
3rd floor Conference Room

Register here:


The recent national election and the upcoming 2018-midterm elections have brought about a continuous and spirited debate on the virtues and challenges of our American democracy. These bi-panel roundtables are designed to engage participants in a discussion of issues of general interest. Organized by the School of Public Policy and International Affairs of Virginia International University, the objective of this series is to connect politics and public policy to the interests and concerns of the people by encouraging reasoned discourse and cross-sectoral debate, in a way that is meaningful to a wide audience.

The discussion on the topic of democracy is an opportunity to have a conversation on current national and international policies and their impacts and consequences on our world, our communities and our nation at large. It covers both domestic and international politics, economics and social policy. It addresses issues that underlie recent concerns and aims to raise awareness about the relevance of thinking about the issues in order to encourage interactive discussion on shared values.

9:00 AM: Opening Statement:
Dr. Klara Bilgin, Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), VIU

9:10 AM – 10:00 AM: PANEL 1 – An International Perspective on American Democracy

Introduction to the first panel
Astrid Ruiz Thierry, Member of the SPIA Board, Expert on Democracy, Development and Culture

Stephen Costello, Policy Analyst with 20 Years of Experience in Korea and Northeast Asia, AsiaEast
Elizabeth Warner, International Expert on Rule of Law and Civil Society
Dr. Frederic Ruiz-Ramon, Pres. Perscitus International LLC, Expert on Democratic Transitions & Civil-Military Relations
Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis, Hudson Institute
Moderator: Dr. Emrullah Uslu, SPIA Full-time Professor

10:10 AM – 10:20 AM: Coffee Break

10:20 AM – 11:20 AM: PANEL 2 – Domestic Issues and the State of American Democracy

John Richter, Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center
John Bresnahan, Congressional Bureau Chief, POLITICO
Gisele Stolz, Mason Enterprise Center Business Incubator Director, City of Fairfax, George Mason University
Carlos A. Castro, President/CEO, Todos Supermarket & Board Member, Hispanic Organization for Leadership & Action
Moderator: Dr. Randolph Adams, SPIA Adjunct Instructor
11:20 AM-11:30 AM Closing Keynote: Ambassador (Ret.) Steven McGann, The Stevenson Group (TSG)

For more information contact Dr. Klara Bilgin at