Denver Democracy Summit

February 25-26, 2021


Please save the date to join us for the first-annual Denver Democracy Summit—a nonpartisan gathering of individuals, leaders, journalists and thinkers in government, non-profit, business and academia who are dedicated to protecting and promoting democratic ideals.

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

February’s event is a complement to the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, a high-level strategic forum organized by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation over the summer.

Speakers at the Denver Democracy Summit will include 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 will explore four key themes:

  • Democratic Erosion Around the World
  • Climate, Cyber and Other Existential Threats to Democratic Governance
  • The State of U.S. Democracy
  • 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.

This page will be updated frequently with event information including the session schedule, confirmed speakers and further registration details. You may also join our e-mail list to stay up-to-date on information and announcements related to the Denver Democracy Summit.



Event Partners


Alliance of Democracies


Denver Film



Event Supporters


Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

El Pomar Foundation

Kevin C. Gallagher

Craig and Nicole Harrison

DT Institute