This hearing will look at recent trends of erosion of democratic principles throughout Europe, particularly among NATO members. The hearing will look to specific examples that demonstrate democratic backsliding and will outline why these trends are concerning for our alliances and U.S. national security.


Panel I

His Excellency Lech Wałęsa
Lech Wałęsa Institute
(Former President of the Republic of Poland)

Panel II

Ms. Melissa Hooper
Foreign Policy Advocacy
Human Rights First

Ms. Susan Corke
Senior Fellow and Director
Transatlantic Democracy Working Group
The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Mr. Nate Schenkkan
Director for Special Research
Freedom House

Matthias Matthijs, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow for Europe
Council on Foreign Relations