Denver Democracy Summit 2021

Thank You.

Thank you to all that joined us for the first-annual Denver Democracy Summit—a nonpartisan gathering of individuals, leaders, journalists and thinkers in government, non-profit, business and academia dedicated to protecting and promoting democratic ideals.

The Denver Democracy Summit was hosted virtually by the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in partnership with the Alliance of Democracies Foundation.

The event was a complement to the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, a high-level strategic forum organized by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation over the summer of 2020.

Speakers at the Denver Democracy Summit included former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former NATO Secretary-General and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, among many others.

Through keynote speakers and moderated panels, the Summit explored four key themes:

  • The State of U.S. Democracy
  • Democratic Erosion Around the World
  • Climate Change, COVID-19, Disinformation and Other Existential Threats to Democratic Governance
  • Civic Engagement

The Denver Democracy Summit is part of a multi-year Democracy Initiative at the Korbel School that integrates public engagement, research and educational activities on issues of democratic governance. The Summit connects a range of citizens’ democracy efforts by bringing together leaders and thinkers from politics, business, and civil society with diverse identities and viewpoints from across the political spectrum along with scholars and students from around the world. Through engagement and dialogue, we seek to examine the quality of democracy in the U.S. and abroad and inspire a new generation of civically minded and engaged citizens.

Recordings from this year's sessions are available on the Korbel School YouTube Channel.


Event Partners


Alliance of Democracies


Denver Film



Event Supporters



Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

DT Institute

El Pomar Foundation

KC (MBA, 2002; Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees) and Kelly Gallagher

Craig (BSBA, 2003; Board of Trustees) and Nicole Harrison