The invite list for Biden’s democracy summit

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“In less than three months, President Joe Biden plans to hold the Summit for Democracy. It will be a virtual gathering of leaders from what the White House calls ‘a diverse group’ of the world’s democracies. The event itself is highly anticipated. It may help protect democracies from a trend toward authoritarian rule. Yet just as anticipated is the invitation list. Who decides whether a country has a democracy? The question is crucial because Mr. Biden expects to hold a second, in-person summit in a year that could create an alliance of democracies, not merely a meeting for democracy. For the summit on Dec. 9-10, meanwhile, the White House will only say it is inviting ‘established and emerging’ democracies.” (09/13/21)