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Global Insights: Democratic versus Undemocratic Protests

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Panelists will compare and contrast recent protest movements around the world, and assess what they might mean for the future of democracy.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has become the backdrop to mass protests around the world. Some of the protests – such as the Black Lives Matter protests or the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong – have championed progressive and liberal causes such as greater social justice, an end to systemic racism, and the protection of democratic rights, and have by and large been peaceful. But others have been distinctly regressive and illiberal, led by those who are prepared to use violence to advance racist and nativist agenda, the storming of the US capitol building on January 6, 2021 being the most brazen example of these counter-forces to date. This week’s panel will compare and contrast recent protest movements in the United States and around the world, and assess what they might mean for the future of democracy.

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