6-5-2020

Politics of the pandemic

With Casper Thomas, journalist

The global outbreak of Covid-19 has ushered in a time of extreme politics. Does the corona crisis bolster the rise of authoritarian politics that already defined the pre-corona world? In his online lecture, journalist Casper Thomas discusses what the current pandemic means for political leadership in the world and he also answers questions from the audience watching the livestream.

Casper Thomas is an editor at De Groene Amsterdammer, the oldest current affairs weekly in The Netherlands. He lives in Washington DC where he works as US correspondent for both De Groene Amsterdammer and Het Financieele Dagblad. He is the author of De autoritaire verleiding. Over de opmars van de antiliberale wereldorde (The authoritarian temptation. On the rise of the antiliberal worldorder), a 2018 book that investigates the appeal of authoritarian leaders and ‘illiberal democracy’.