Rebuilding Confidence in Democracy in the 21st Century
First 15-20 minutes is for networking Light Breakfast included
Representative democracy, the system of government most responsible for spreading liberty and economic opportunity since the dawn of time, has suffered a series of setbacks in the eyes of the public. Its highest profile example, the United States federal government, is mired in the doldrums of low public opinion from the outside and gridlock within. This slump has made it more difficult for democracy to take root in the nations of the Arab Spring; mature in Africa, Asia, and Latin America; and compete with the speed of action in less participatory governments. This setback is especially painful for supporters of democracy in Hong Kong, a land whose unique culture melding a British-controlled past with a Chinese future presents distinct challenges for those advocating democratic government.
Mark Kennedy has engaged Hong Kong for 35 years, first through Hong Kong college roommates in the 1970's, and in many visits to the Pearl of the Orient beginning in 1989. In his current position as the leader of George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, the first and foremost school of applied politics, Kennedy's mission has been to teach future political leaders how to make democracy work. His remarks will employ insights from his experiences as a member of the United States Congress with a robust bi-partisan track record and as a Presidential Trade Advisor to both Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama.
Kennedy will outline the pressing need for the United States political establishment to move beyond agitation to action in order to once again shine as a beacon of democracy that attracts others to its benefits.
* GW Alumni can attend at AmCham member price. Please state on the registration form.
The American Chamber of Commerce in HK 1904 Bank of America Tower 12 Harcourt Road Central, Hong Kong