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The twin shocks of Brexit in the UK and President Trump in the US have made clear that large swathes of western societies feel they have been left behind by globalisation. Countries such as China and Russia believe these populist outpourings are confined to western-style democracies. They see Brexit and President Trump’s isolationism as self-inflicted wounds resulting from the weakness of “too much” democracy. Has the global wave of democratisation that accelerated in the late 20th century now peaked? Has western democracy been discredited in the eyes of people living in non-democratic countries? Lucy Hornby, Roula Khalaf, Victor Mallet, Demetri Sevastopulo, John Thornhill and Feng Wang will discuss. Moderated by Jamil Anderlini.

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