Democratic Crossroads: The Future of Liberal Democracy

Online Talk with Francis Fukuyama and Dr. Tobias Endler, 16 May, 7:15 p.m. (CET)

12 May 2024. U.S. democracy is exposed to unprecedented tensions: social polarization, disenchantment with politics, growing economic inequality, dealing with climate change, migration, and a general mistrust in institutions are affecting public opinion and are strengthening anti-democratic forces and voices in the country. As a response to these problems, the big question and fear is whether the USA, like so many political systems around the world, is moving into a so-called “democratic backsliding“. So what is the state of democracy in the country that has been regarded as a political role model in the world for over a century? Are we witnessing a “US-only phenomenon” here? And what impact will the result of the presidential election have on this long-standing trend?

Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama is an American political scientist and Director of the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, where he also directs the Master’s program in International Politics. His research interests include developing countries, nation building, democratization, governance, international political economy and security issues. Fukuyama has commented on the most important issues in recent world politics and has established himself as a liberal thinker.

Moderation: Dr. Tobias Endler

In English

Location: Livestream online via or Public Viewing in the d.a.i. hall
Admission: free

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