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The International War Against Democracy: Current Threats and Building a Stronger Future

September 12, 2023, 4:30 PM6:00 PM


The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs cordially invites you to attend the 2023 Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture.

Democracies worldwide are under sustained attack. At the heart of all democracies are their institutions, with the justice sector at its core, buttressed by media, civil society and others which reflect the voice of those nations' peoples. These institutions are the focus of anti-democratic forces' efforts, in all parts of the world, including the US. To defeat these dictators, autocrats and other anti-democratic leaders and movements requires urgent action at all levels: locally, nationally and through multilateral coordination.

Drawing on his decades-long career as a diplomat and public servant, Ambassador (retired) Robert Gelbard '64, LL.D '02 will share his call to action and offer insights into preserving a future for global democracy. Robert S. Gelbard is a former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, East Timor and Bolivia. In addition to his ambassadorial postings, Mr. Gelbard has served in several senior Foreign Service positions under Presidents Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Obama. A decorated public servant, and Peace Corps volunteer, the Ambassador has had a long and distinguished career in diplomacy and democracy-building. He is also a former Colby Trustee.

The lecture begins at 4:30 p.m. with a reception and light refreshments to follow. Please RSVP as seating is limited. The event will also be live-streamed and recorded.



September 12, 2023
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM


Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
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