Minister Kaag and political scientist Slaughter guests on election evening

Over the last four years, Donald Trump's politics have placed American democracy under real pressure. How should a mature democracy deal with the political pressure of a populist? This and other questions will be addressed at Brave New Politics on 3 November.

10/16/2020 | 3:15 PM

In the run-up to the American presidential elections, countless experts will be discussing the campaigns, debates and opinion polls. Brave New Politics aims to take a closer look at the global developments behind the elections

As the polls open in the US, presenter Marcia Luyten will be joined in conversation with political scientist Anne-Marie Slaughter and Minister Sigrid Kaag. Their discussion will include how political renewal largely comes about in official and informal networks of citizens and organizations and the question of what is happening in Europe, where the rule of law is under pressure in countries like Hungary and Poland.

Anne-Marie Slaughter has taught Political Science and International Law in Princeton, Chicago and Harvard. She was also the first female director of the US Department of State Office of Policy Planning. Sigrid Kaag worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations. She led the disarmament mission in Syria and was UN Special Coordinator in Lebanon.

Brave New Politics will be held on 3 November from 19.00 to 19.30. More information about the programme and how to register for the video link can be found at

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