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Brave New Politics

3 November presenter Marcia Luyten welcomed two special guests to VU Amsterdam. She was be joined by Minister Sigrid Kaag in conversation with honorary doctor Anne-Marie Slaughter, who will be beamed live from the United States.

Their discussion included the issue of how a mature democracy deals with the political pressure of a populist. According to Slaughter, the resilience of a democracy is determined by informal and formal networks. Politics can only be effective if contact has been made with the public.

What is happening in Europe, where the rule of law is also under pressure in such countries as Hungary and Poland? Sigrid Kaag put Anne-Marie Slaughter’s analysis in a European perspective. 

    Anne-Marie Slaughter has taught Political Science and International Law in Princeton, Chicago and Harvard. She was the first female Director of Policy Planning for the US Department of State. In that role, she was able to combine her academic insights about political networks with US foreign policy. Watch her explanation of the type of networks that are valuable. Anne-Marie Slaughter has an honorary doctorate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
    Sigrid Kaag is the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Before that, she worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations. From 2013 until 2014, she oversaw the disarmament mission that brought about the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria. From 2014 until becoming minister, Kaag was the United Nations’ Special Coordinator for Lebanon.
    Marcia Luyten is cultural historian and economist. For some year she worked for the Dutch foreign office. After that she worked as editor for de Volkskrant. She was a freelance correspondent from Uganda and Rwanda for Het Parool, NRC Handelsblad, Vrij Nederland and Elsevier. After that she presented the political interview programme Buitenhof for six years.

Brave New Politics – Election Night is part of the Kuyper Year, in which VU Amsterdam celebrates its 140th anniversary with a host of activities and themes that are characteristic of the University and Abraham Kuyper himself: democracy, diversity and social entrepreneurship.