Elections, Elections: How Will the World Be Different at the End of 2024?
More than 50 countries have already gone, or are set to go, to the polls to elect leaders in 2024, representing a large percentage of the world’s population – a fact made more daunting by the reality that, in some nations, democracy is on the line. The implications for human rights, international relations, and economics loom large. In the United States, two unpopular candidates are likely to face off in a hotly contested rematch. Taiwan has elected a president who rejects China’s sovereignty claims over the island. India, the world’s most populous country, seems likely to re-elect its conservative leader for a third term. The two Mexican presidential front runners are both women. Across Africa, climate change and military mischief remain prevalent. As Pakistan prepares for parliamentary elections, its former prime minister has been sentenced to a long prison term. Russian elections will be held against the backdrop of its ongoing war in Ukraine, and a new challenger has emerged. And in the midst of several elections for the European Parliament, many expect the United Kingdom’s general election to take place before the end of the year. With discontent spreading and populism on the rise, will the global picture be different at the start of 2025?
Join us Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at 11:00 am EST / 4:00 pm GMT, for another installment of Free Speech at the Crossroads: International Dialogues.
This event is co-sponsored by the Free Speech Project (Georgetown University) and the Future of the Humanities Project (Georgetown University and Blackfriars Hall and Campion Hall, Oxford).
Fernando Cervantes, historian, University of Bristol
Louis Goodman, professor and dean emeritus, School of International Service, American University
Baroness Jenny Randerson, Liberal Democratic Party member, British House of Lords
Moses K. Tesi, professor, Middle Tennessee State University
Chunjuan Nancy Wei, professor, Wenzhou-Kean University
Michael Scott (moderator), senior dean, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford
Sanford J. Ungar (moderator), director, Free Speech Project, Georgetown University