In December, the US is scheduled to conduct a virtual summit on democracy in which around 110 countries have been invited. Among the invitees, President Biden has also invited Western allies, Iraq, India, and Pakistan.
Sources revealed that China has not been invited whereas, Taiwan has been invited which is likely to trigger a cold war between China and the US. Turkey, which like America is a member of NATO, is also missing from the list of participants. Coming to the Middle East, only Israel and Iraq will be participating in the online conference, scheduled for December 9-10. Traditional Arab allies of the US including, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, are not invited.
President Biden has invited Brazil despite its far-right President Jair Bolsonaro who has been criticized for having an authoritarian bent and was a firm supporter of Donald Trump. Coming to Europe, Poland has been invited despite persistent tension with the European Union over its human rights record.
In Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Nigeria, and Niger are among the countries on the list. The meeting aims to galvanize commitments and initiatives across three principal themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights.