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National Democratic Institute Symposium

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The Commission on Presidential Debates works with one host institution of a U.S. presidential debate to host a concurrent international symposium with the National Democratic Institute, bringing together policy experts, politicians, and media from nascent and emergent democracies to share expertise and challenges of hosting debates in a myriad of political climates and traditions.

In 2020, the University of Michigan will have the honor of partnering with the CPD and NDI for this event, welcoming some 60 debate organizers from Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the Middle East and North Africa.

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The University of Michigan has a long and storied history as a place for intense debate about the most pressing challenges that confront our nation. Hosting one of the Presidential Debates in 2020 continues that tradition and puts the University of Michigan in the spotlight as an institution that cares deeply about civic engagement and the value of respectful and robust dialogue as we make decisions about our nation's future.”
- Cynthia Wilbanks, Vice President for Government Relations