During his historic run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Pete Buttigieg quickly established himself as a heavyweight of US politics and a force for democratic renewal.
Recent decades have marked a low point for trust in US civil society, eroded by terrorism, financial collapse, populism, pandemic and systematic racism. Can America regain its hallowed reputation as a model democratic nation?
The millennial former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a serious contender in the Democratic Presidential Primaries, Pete Buttigieg rose to international fame this year as a leading liberal voice with the gravitas, background and experience to shape American politics for years to come.
In this conversation with Peter Frankopan, Mayor Pete will explore the role of trust as a foundational value of democracy, demonstrating how its breakdown is central to America’s current predicament and offering a new outlook for moving forward.
Interweaving history, political philosophy and personal experience, he will explore what trust between friends and neighbours means for trust in our communities, institutions and authorities; how trust between countries can be restored and the US can regain its international standing.
Pete says: “In order for our country to move forward in the years ahead, it will be more important than ever to build trust—trust in our institutions and leaders, trust in each other, and trust around the world in America itself. Now is a time to consider the foundational role trust plays in our democracy, and what it will take to build the trust we’ll need to recover and to advance as a country.”
This event takes place at 3:00pm BST and includes access to a replay video sent 48 hours after the event.