Over the last decade, there has been a rise in populist and authoritarian regimes around the world. From the increasing influence of authoritarian countries like China to the retreat of democracy across Eurasia and the former Soviet Bloc countries. You have Marine Le Pen and xenophobia in France and Modi in India where the rise of Hindu nationalism threatens Muslims and other minorities. The same trend is found in the Americas and Africa.
Right-wing populism is not a monolith, yet there are some common elements: nationalistic traits, xenophobia, a tendency towards authoritarianism, opposition to immigration, discontent with multi-culturalism/social liberalism and an anti-elitist message.
So what is the solution? How do democracies address this trend? While the focus of our discussion will be mostly global, some would also suggest that recently even the U.S. has been experiencing a similar process.
Please join us for what will certainly be a lively conversation.