On April 12, 2019, the Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program will host a one-day symposium to consider democratic institutions now and for the near future in Pakistan and other Muslim-majority countries. We will do so against the backdrop of assessments of democracy in America, recognizing Americans’ intermittent missionary impulse beyond their borders and their often fractious adherence to democratic principles inside them. What might these political ecosystems learn from one another, and toward what shared path might the multiple variations on a long-standing political experiment point us? In the course of the day, BBLP will convene experts on democratic institutions in the U.S. and abroad and bring them together with ClassACT HR73 affiliates, BBLP’s inaugural Fellows at HKS, BBLP Associates from the broader Harvard community, and the general public. Together and in panels and working groups, we will explore the motives and means to deliver on the ideals that drove Benazir Bhutto’s career and generate next steps for the BBLP community.
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