Sun, 11 October 2020

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT

Zoom

Pete Buttigieg – How to Rebuild Trust in America

In Conversation with Peter Frankopan

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.

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Peter Frankopan

Professor of Global History, Oxford

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, published by Bloomsbury in 2015, was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller and remained in the top 10 for nine months after publication. It was named one of the ‘Books of the Decade’ 2010-2020 by the Sunday Times. The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World was published by Bloomsbury in 2018 and won the Human Sciences prize of the Carical Foundation in 2019.