KELEMEN: This is the second Summit for Democracy, and this year, there will be events in Zambia, Costa Rica, the Netherlands and South Korea. Laura Thornton, who’s with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, likes that idea. She says last year was too focused on speeches by leaders.

LAURA THORNTON: So it almost became like the U.S. government was bouncers at the nightclub of democracy – like, determining who could be in and who could be out – when I think, you know, most of us know that democracy exists. Democrats exist everywhere. Authoritarians exist everywhere. This should be about democracy.