Robin Shepherd is the Vice President at Halifax International Security Forum. A British citizen, based in Washington DC, Robin has been a senior journalist and think tank analyst for many years. Among the highlights of his career, he has been the head of the Europe Programme at Chatham House, Moscow Bureau Chief for the Times of London, and the author of three previous books: China Vs Democracy: The Greatest Game, A State Beyond the Pale: Europe’s Problem with Israel; and Czechoslovakia: The Velvet Revolution and Beyond.
How to reconcile increasingly polarised societies – divided along the lines of politics, social groups, and economy? How to make sure that we have a common ground and a shared path forward nationally and internationally? What is the role of public trust towards institutions and governments, and how to rebuild it after the pandemic? How to reshape public-private partnerships to maximize both economic efficiencies and trust?
How can we rejuvenate the democratic way of governance to boost its efficiency and increase the trust of the populations? How can the global community of democracies work together to deliver on the worldwide quest for better governance, free participation, and a stronger rule of law? How should the global democratic renewal agenda encompass? What can and should the leading world democracies do to strengthen the rule of law and democracy at home and abroad?