The Cable Podcast

There's a New Democracy Playbook. Will Anyone Use It?

December 06, 2021

President Joe Biden is set to host the first-ever Summit for Democracy, part of his promise to reassert democratic values around the world. But with Russia and China panning the very idea of values-based diplomacy, can the event’s 110-plus participants prove them wrong? Norman Eisen and Alina Polyakova are co-authors of a new democracy playbook released December 6, together with The Cable’s co-host Jonathan Katz. They talk to Gregory Feifer about their action plan and what chances they believe the summit has to succeed.


  • Amb. (ret.) Norman Eisen: Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution and former Special Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee from 2019 to 2020
  • Alina Polyakova: President and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis


  • Gregory Feifer: Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs; journalist and author of Russians: The People Behind the Power
  • Jonathan Katz: Senior Fellow and Director of Democracy Initiatives, The German Marshall Fund of the United States; former Deputy Assistant Administrator, Europe and Eurasia Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development

The Cable is produced by Glenn Kates. Alexandra Wasielak provided research. Audio mastering by Danil Komar.