At a time when election e engines are gearing up, and Donald Trump’s return to the White House is a more than real possibility for the 2024 election, FLAD invited journalist and author Susan Glasser (New Yorker) and Peter Baker (The New York Times) to the conference America Divided: Biden, Trump and the prospects for 2024 April 18, at 6.30 p.m., moderated by Pedro Magalhães.

The 2020 election, and in particular the events of January 6, 2021, left deep scars on the American political spectrum. Polarization has deepened, changes to electoral laws being introduced threaten the right to vote, and the political debate is increasingly fraught. With the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and the leading role that China tries to assume at the international level – as seen in the intermediation of the recent détente between Saudi Arabia and Iran – call into question the role of American leadership of the international order built in the post-war period, and most clearly after the end of the Soviet Union.

To debate U.S. political situation and the challenges to democracy in the United States, FLAD invited two of the most experienced American political journalists.

Susan Glasser, staff writer for the New Yorker, former editor-in-chief of Politico and Foreign Policy, she lead the Washington Post’s Moscow delegation, covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the impeachment process of Bill Clinton following his relationship with Monica Lewinski.

Peter Baker is the current White House chief correspondent for The New York Times, one of the most important positions in political journalism, and Joe Biden is the fifth president he covers as a journalist. Before The New York Times, Peter Baker worked for two decades at the Washington Post, another reference of American political journalism, where he followed the impeachment proceedings of Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, having been, along with Susan Glasser, head of the Washington Post’s delegation in Moscow.

Together, Susan Glasser and Peter Baker are the authors of three books: Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution (2005)., The Man Who Ran Washington (2020) and most recently The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021 (2022), which chronicles Donald Trump’s tenure as U.S. president.

This debate will be moderated by Pedro Magalhães, a researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, and is part of the cycle Democracy: The Way Ahead, an initiative of FLAD that aims to promote a space for reflection and debate on the current problems facing the world, and, using international experts, to seek solutions for the coming decades, which has already had as guests John Ikenberry, Professor at Princeton University, and Constanze Stelzenmüller, director at the Brookings Institution.

The session will take place on April 18, at 6.30 p.m., in the auditorium of FLAD, in Lisbon.

Admission is free. To register, please send an email to