Evens Lecture Ivan Krastev, 3 December 2018 - register now!
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The Age of Imitation and Its Discontents
The end of the Cold War gave birth to the age of imitation. This imitation had different names – globalization, democratization, integration, but the meaning was clear. Imitating the West, its values, institutions and practices was the imperative.
Looking back at the three post-Cold war decades and reflecting on the current crisis of liberal democracy, Krastev tries to suggest: Why does imitation fuel resentment and hostility? Why do many imitators of foreign institutions feel like impostors? And why not only imitators but the imitated turned against the post-1989 liberal order?
About Ivan Krastev
Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. In 2018-2019 Ivan is appointed as the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress.
His latest books in English are “After Europe” (UPenn Press, May 2017); “Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest” (UPenn Press, May 2014); “In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders?” (TED Books, 2013). He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book “The Light that Failed” (with Penguin) on perils of the politics of imitation.
About the Evens Lecture Series
The Evens Lecture Series is a new Evens Foundation initiative, established to strengthen our commitment as an active contributor to the quality of the public debate on pressing issues of our times. Renowned speakers from different backgrounds are asked to reflect on the core topics in the Foundation’s new strategic plan, starting from their own background and expertise. This lecture is the second in our series, after Michael Ignatieff’s talk on Academic Freedom and Democracy in Europe in September 2018. We hope to count on your presence.