The erosion of democracy is a very real problem in many parts of the world: CIA chief | India News
The erosion of democracy is a very real problem in many parts of the world, CIA Director William Burns told US lawmakers, explaining that this trend could be reversed if people’s faith in this form of government is restored.
WASHINGTON: The erosion of democracy is a very real problem in many parts of the world, CIA Director William Burns told US lawmakers, explaining that this trend could be reversed if people’s faith in this form of government is restored. .
The director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) addressed members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday about assessing the global threat from the United States.
“I think the problem of the erosion of democracies, as Freedom House points out, is very real in many parts of the world, those that have established democracies and those where democratic governance is quite fragile,” Burns said, responding to the question of Senator Michael Bennet.
According to Freedom House, a government-funded nonprofit, Burns said, democracy around the world has been in retreat for 15 years against authoritarianism.
Countries like China and Russia don’t want anything else to continue for another 15 years, or maybe another 50 years, he said. “How do you assess the main threats to democracy around the world and in which regions have we seen the most significant democratic setbacks? Which regions do you think are most at risk and how do our adversaries think about it? “asked the senator.
Burns said the erosion of democracy, in part, has to do across the board with questions about the ability of democratic governance to deliver.
“I think they have seen some of that in our own country in recent years. We have not been immune to that at all,” he said.
“So the challenge, and I think President (Joe) Biden has emphasized that this is working with other democracies, as an analytical judgment, (is) to help restore that faith in the ability of democratic governance to deliver results to people, “he added. Burns said.
“That deprives authoritarian leaders, be it the Chinese Communist Party or (President) Vladimir Putin’s Russia, of an argument that they use and that authoritarian systems are somehow better able to deliver. The reality is that there is a lot of resilience in democratic systems. But it is important for all of us who have democratic governments to demonstrate that, to renew ourselves, ”said the CIA director.
He urged lawmakers to be aware of the proliferation of surveillance technologies. “For example, a tool that authoritarians use to strengthen their control and hinder the emergence of democratic governance in many fragile societies around the world,” he said.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said that indeed social media has in many ways become the key amplifier of domestic violence extremism, as well as to smear foreign influence.
“It demonstrates a level where the same things that attract people for good reasons are also capable of causing all kinds of harm against which we have been entrusted to try to protect the American people,” he said.
It creates speed of diffusion, efficiency, accessibility, a decentralized level of connectivity, he said. “I think I would say that both with regard to foreign malign influence and domestic violent extremism, people need to better understand what information they are reading,” Wray said. A higher level of insightful skepticism is a crucial factor. ingredient not only to protect from foreign disinformation, but also from violent extremism, he added.