Panel Discussion 'The age of the strongman: populism and authoritarianism in global politics'
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Since the beginning of the millennium, when Vladimir Putin took power in Russia, authoritarian leaders have come to dominate global politics.

Self-styled strongmen have risen to power in Moscow, Beijing, Delhi, Brasilia, Budapest, Ankara, Riyadh and Washington. These leaders are nationalists and social conservatives, with little tolerance for minorities, dissent or the interests of foreigners. At home, they encourage a cult of personality and claim to stand up for ordinary people against globalist elites; abroad, they posture as the embodiments of their nations. And they are not just operating in authoritarian political systems but have begun to emerge in the heartlands of liberal democracy.

This panel’s distinguished speakers will address the following questions: How and why did this new style of strongman leadership arrive? How likely is it to lead to global war or economic collapse? Most pressingly, we will be asking: are liberal societies, beset by internal turmoil and their own strongman dynamics, capable of checking and reversing this trend?
Date: 28 November 2022, 17:00 (Monday, 8th week, Michaelmas 2022)
Venue: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street OX1 3BD
Speakers: The Rt Hon, the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH PC Chancellor (University of Oxford), Professor Margaret MacMillan (St Antony’s College, Oxford), Gideon Rachman (Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, Financial Times), Prof Ricardo Soares de Oliveira (Department of Politics and International Relations)
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