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Former U.S. Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama are headlining back-to-back democracy conferences next week, highlighting rising threats from authoritarianism and disinformation — and how to combat them globally and at home.

Why it matters: Bush and Obama – a Republican and a Democrat respectively – didn’t coordinate their timing, organizers say. But their events – Bush’s is Nov. 16 in Dallas and Obama’s is Nov. 17 in New York – are happening the week after the U.S. midterm elections.

They follow a Nov. 14 meeting set for President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping – and what former President Trump is hyping as a “very big announcement” on Nov. 15, which may address his 2024 plans. Read more…