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"Dividing the world into friend and foe" Why the US needs a "Democracy Summit"

America is preparing to save the world from "sliding into authoritarianism". The US is preparing a "summit for Democracy", which will be attended by leading politicians, human rights activists and businessmen. The event will take place on December 9 and 10 via video conference. Below you will learn what is known about the peak and what it is needed for.

As the White House explains, the meeting is intended to be the beginning of global cooperation between democracies.

"The task of our time is to show that democracies can do good by improving the lives of their citizens and tackling the world's biggest challenges," the event's announcement reads.

Participants are expected to meet in person one year after the December meeting to discuss progress on the agreements reached.

Why do we need the summit?

So far, the "Democracy Summit" looks more like part of the US foreign policy PR. With this event, America is trying to assert its status as the most effective political model in the world. It is also a personal initiative of Joe Biden, designed to show that the United States is back after four years of internal disputes. Back to the top of the "free world".

Back in February, Biden spoke at the US State Department in a speech on world politics about plans to increase Washington's involvement in international affairs. However, his first "successes" in this area have failed to materialize.

The chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, and later the surrender of the country to the Taliban, overshadowed the triumphant return of Washington. So the White House needed a new global agenda. In fact, this is a poorly disguised confrontation against Russia and China, whose leaders the White House accuses of authoritarianism.

"American leadership must confront the challenges of authoritarianism, including China's growing ambitions to compete with the United States and Russia's determination to undermine and damage our democracy. We have to withstand the blow," declared the president in February.

Who will be invited to the meeting

A preliminary list of invited countries was published, citing their source in Washington. It shows that the summit will bring together "mature democracies" such as France and Sweden, as well as states where there are questions about democracy, such as the Philippines and Poland. Pakistan, the Maldives and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are even more questionable as guests. Especially strange against this background is the absence of an invitation to Hungary.

From Asia, Japan, Indonesia and Korea were invited to the summit, but Thailand and Vietnam were not. From the Middle East, Iraq and Israel, but not Egypt and Turkey. Russia and China, who were portrayed more as "antagonists" of the summit, were also not on the list, while Ukraine and Taiwan are also among the invitees.

Overall, the selection of participants suggests that the summit is looking forward to loyal and US-friendly partners above all. Those who are able to somehow oppose the policy of Washington are not on the preliminary list.

According to media reports, the White House does not impose any preconditions for participation, but calls on the guests to responsibly conduct their work at the summit.

The agenda of the event

It is noted that the upcoming summit will address three main issues: protection from authoritarianism, the fight against corruption and respect for human rights. It is not yet clear what else the delegates intend to talk about. Despite the short time remaining until the event, many details are still confidential.

"One initiative that is still vague and is being discussed by Biden's team is an international alliance to promote Internet freedom," BILD writes, citing internal documents. It is about preventing authoritarian regimes from turning the Internet into a weapon of state control.

As part of a possible "alliance for the future of the Internet", participants could commit to increase spending on media literacy programs or introduce export controls for dual-use technologies. This means that the agenda of the summit will go far beyond the discussion of fair elections and the salvation of "open" democracies. (Note. d. Übers.: Dual use are technologies that can be used for both civilian and military purposes)

At the same time, the question arises as to what extent the participants of the meeting will be ready to make any commitments. After all, every democratic country must obtain the consent of its legislators and parliaments for this. The same is true in the United States, where Joe Biden himself continues to struggle with Congress to push through his initiatives.

Criticism of the summit

Some human rights activists are unhappy that democracy issues are mainly discussed at the political and not at the social level. Since a significant part of the entire summit is allocated for three-minute speeches of the invited heads of state and government, there is little time left for activists.

"It's a pity that the event in December will not be more inclusive," said Sarah Repucci, a senior member of Freedom House, an organization that monitors the state of democracies around the world.

She added that the holding of the summit was important, at least to send a message to "encouraged authoritarian states". She believes that "democracies must set a positive example and unite, because dictatorships unite".

Moscow described the format of the summit as segregationist. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the event as "an attempt to lower the importance of the UN".

"Who the democracies are, you decide for yourself, the guests invite you yourself," the minister added.

Lavrov said that this "Cold War-inspired initiative" is an attempt to divide the world community into "good" and "evil".

"The West wants to exclude from global decision-making those who have their own, different point of view," the minister summed up.

The leaders of the free world?

In October, when the US was on the verge of insolvency due to partisan disagreements, President Joe Biden called on the country to prove the effectiveness of his model.

"We the United States are evaluated not only in terms of our strength and reliability, considering the size of our armed forces or the physical strength we have, but also in terms of whether we can function or not".

However, the events of recent years indicate that there is also a crisis of democracy in the USA itself. Two impeachment proceedings against former President Trump, his blocking on Twitter, the controversy over the results of the presidential election, the postal vote, the storming of the Capitol, calls for reform and disbanding the police, the dismissal of people who do not want to be vaccinated – these are just the loudest examples of where American democracy was powerless.

Perhaps the December summit will help Washington not only to gather all the democracies it likes, but also to develop a useful strategy to improve its own.