On November 28, at 6:30 p.m., FLAD will host Wall Street Journal columnist and foreign policy expert Walter Russell Mead for the session ‘The Return of Geopolitics and the Democratic Agenda’, as part of the Democracy – The Way Ahead conference cycle. This conversation will be moderated by Raquel Vaz Pinto.

From the pandemic that paralyzed the world, to the wars in Ukraine, first, and in Gaza, more recently, the world has been shaken by successive crises that promise to change the international order and power relations. To better understand this transformation and its impact on the democratic world, FLAD invited Walter Russell Mead, Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Professor at Bard College and international affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

A fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations between 1997 and 2010, he is the author of several books on U.S. foreign policy, the most recent of which was published in 2022, The Arc of A Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People (Alfred A. Knopf, 2022), makes an in-depth analysis of the relationship between the United States and Israel, its impact on the foreign policy of the United States, the Zionist movement, and the founding of the State of Israel.

The session ‘The Return of Geopolitics and the Democratic Agenda‘ will be moderated by Raquel Vaz Pinto, Researcher at the Portuguese Institute of International Relations of the New University of Lisbon (IPRI-NOVA) and Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the same University.

The Democracy: The Way Ahead cycle is an initiative of FLAD that aims to promote a space for reflection and debate on the current problems facing the Euro-Atlantic community, and, using international experts, seek solutions for the coming decades. As part of this cycle, FLAD received John Ikenberry, Professor at Princeton University, and Constanze Stelzenmüller, director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, journalists Peter Baker (New York Times) and Susan Glasser (New Yorker), and international relations expert Robert Kaplan.

The session will take place on November 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the FLAD auditorium, in Lisbon.

Admission is free. To register, please send an email to fladport@flad.pt.