Erfurt Transatlantic Dialogue - Politisches Bildungsforum Thüringen
Social division and political polarization - two phenomena that dominate public debate. In Germany, the issues are manifold: Covid, Russia, migration, climate change, gender-specific language, to name just the most prominent irritants. The consequences are disenchantment with politics, a loss of confidence in the democratic state's ability to act, and a concomitant strengthening of the extreme political camps.
Societies in other parts of the world are also under considerable tension. In the United States, the world's oldest democracy, the controversies surrounding former President Donald Trump and the storming of the Capitol in January 2021 have become emblematic of this.
The countries of Latin America are as divided as they were last during the military dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s. Extremist politicians are winning elections, democratic structures are being discredited, and young people in particular are open to authoritarian movements. South Africa, India, Hungary, Turkey - the list goes on.
We want to discuss the phenomenon from three perspectives – the U.S., German and Brazilian perspectives. What exactly do the threats look like in these respective societies? How can it be explained that so many different societies are under pressure? What is being done in the countries to counter these tendencies?
You are cordially invited to discuss together with our experts and an international audience in a fish bowl.
6 pm: Opening
Desk officer, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Thuringia
Lena KiesewetterManaging Director of the Willy Brandt School, University of Erfurt
6:10 -7:30 pm: Statements and Discussion
Prof. Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Founding Director of the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL), American University in Washington, DC
Dr. Regina Cazzamatta
DFG Project Leader “Disinformation Context and the Emergence of Fact-Checking Organisations in Europe and Latin America.”, University Erfurt
Co-CEO and Managing Director, CORRECTIV
Christian TischmeyerProgram Coordinator, Willy Brandt School