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The Crisis of Western Democracy: Implications for International Institutions by Edward Luce, Financial Times

March 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Speaker: Edward Luce, Chief US Commentator, Financial Times

Synopsis: In his insightful and harrowing new book, The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Edward Luce issues a chilling warning: “Western liberal democracy is not yet dead, but it is far closer to collapse than we may wish to believe. It is facing its gravest challenge since the Second World War”. Western democracies, he suggests, face a long-term crisis of governance caused by cratering trust, gridlock and ideological polarization. America’s system, in particular, which was designed for cross-party cooperation, cannot function as it should in such a vitriolic climate. Rather than throw our hands up and declare all is lost, Luce argues that America’s elites should take ownership for what has gone wrong and take steps to set the US back on the right path that builds greater not less international cooperation. The United States, Luce suggests, should once again exercise leadership that draws not only on the traditional allies but other emerging powers.

Speaker Bio: Edward Luce was made the FT’s chief US commentator in September 2011 with a weekly column and regular editorials on the US economy and politics. Prior to that he was the FT’s Washington Bureau Chief from 2006 until 2011 – managing a team of ten DC-based reporters and leading the paper’s coverage of US politics and economy. Previously, he was the FT’s South Asia bureau chief, based in New Delhi, appointed in 2001.

Between 1993 and 1994 he was the Geneva-based correspondent for The Guardian newspaper of the UK. He then moved to Manila to be the Philippines correspondent of the Financial Times between 1995 and 1997. Between 1997 and 1999, he was the Financial Times’ capital markets editor, based in London.

Between December 1999 and January 2001, Edward was the speechwriter to Larry Summers, Treasury Secretary in the Clinton administration

He is the author of three highly acclaimed books: In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India (2006), Time to Start Thinking: The Spectre of American Decline (2012) and The Retreat of Western Liberalism (2017).

Edward graduated in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University in 1990 and completed a post-graduate diploma in newspaper journalism from City University in London in 1993.

The book “Retreat of Western Liberalism” in paperback will be available for sale at the event for $12. Mr. Luce has agreed to be available to sign. 


March 11
10:30 am - 12:00 pm




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