|Thank you for your interest in the Brave New Politics Symposium and the presentation of the honorary doctorate to Anne-Marie Slaughter.
From 12 March new measures apply by the Government of the Netherlands to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has taken additional measures accordingly. Consequently we have decided to postpone the symposium and the presentation of the honorary doctorate.
As soon as a new date has been set, we will publicize it again.
World in stereo
Social networks have a greater influence on political renewal than the leaders of governments and political parties, honorary doctor Anne-Marie Slaughter argues. Based on her research, she recommends looking at politics in stereo. Social changes appear to be the result of decisions made by political leaders, but that is only half the story. A significant part of political renewal takes place in the official and informal networks of citizens and organizations. In a resilient democracy, there tends to be a symbiotic relationship between these networks and political leaders.
Anne-Marie Slaughter was the first female director of the internal think tank of the US State Department under Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. This enabled her to integrate her academic insights about political networks with American foreign policy.
Anne-Marie Slaughter will receive an honorary doctorate for her pioneering research into the network-based nature of the international order and transatlantic relations, and for the way in which she establishes links between the university and political practice, between the Social Sciences and Law, and between an academic career and female emancipation.
Dr Slaughter will discuss the theory and practice of foreign politics with Sigrid Kaag, the Netherlands’ Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Adil Izemrane, initiator of the relief organization Movement on the Ground, will share his experiences of the power of different types of networks. Twan Huys, former presenter of television talk show College Tour, will act as moderator as students and academic staff from VU Amsterdam put their questions to the guests.
The event will culminate in the official conferral of the honorary doctorate, with honorary supervisor Ben Crum and Dean Karen van Oudenhoven.