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State of Democracy in Crisis: Reimagining a New Economic Order for Global Justice

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On Tuesday, the Norman and Florence Brody Family Foundation Public Policy Forum, “State of Democracy: The Case for a New Economic Order” featured a timely discussion on multilateralism and the complex relationship between capitalism, democracy and international order.

Brody Professor Elizabeth Duke welcomed a packed house, and Dean Robert C. Orr introduced distinguished guest speaker Mark Malloch-Brown, president of Open Society Foundations. Open Society Foundations is the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance and human rights.

group photo of Dean Orr, Betty Duke, Mark Malloch-Brown, and Micah Pickus at Brody forum
Dean Robert C. Orr, Professor Betty Duke, Mark Malloch-Brown and Micah Pickus at the Spring 2023 Brody Forum

For more than four decades, Malloch-Brown has worked to advance human rights, justice and development in roles with the United Nations, the World Bank, as a British government minister, and a multitude of civil society groups and businesses. 

During the forum, Malloch-Brown delved into the intricate interplay among capitalism, democracy and global governance and shared his vision for a new political and economic system that prioritizes justice and stability as its cornerstones. 

The Brody Forum drew a significant turnout of students, faculty, staff and community members.  Students engaged Malloch-Brown in meaningful discourse, asking thought-provoking questions that explored crucial issues such as the stalling of multilateralism, the recession of democracy, and the global implications of both, as well as possible solutions for creating a more just and stable future. 

Malloch-Brown is a distinguished practitioner at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, an adjunct fellow at Chatham House’s Queen Elizabeth Program, and has been a visiting distinguished fellow at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization.

See more photos from the event Watch the talk and discussion on YouTube

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