November 6, 2020

LMC Talks with Toomas Hendrik Ilves & Anne Applebaum: The Era of Resentment: Causes and Solutions

In this session of the Lennart Meri Conference Talks, former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Pulitzer-prize winning historian and staff writer for The Atlantic, Anne Applebaum get into the bottom of the motives and the rationale of people who create the mythology and the language of modern authoritarian populism.

It is not the sense of being left behind in globalization nor is it just a question of economic inequality. Likewise, it’s not just an eastern European phenomenon.

How do we overcome rising cynicism and restore optimism? This open exchange is not only about the why’s and reasons for pessimism but offers possible solutions and highlights issues that need to be tackled.

The conversation was inspired by Anne Applebaum’s most recent bestseller “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism”.

We encourage you to sit back, relax and enjoy the food for thought. And to share your thoughts on the talks on Twitter using #LMC_Talks and/or on Facebook. You can find us on Twitter @ICDS_Tallinn and on Facebook @ICDS.Tallinn.

ICDS is bringing the spirit of the Lennart Meri Conference online. Over the coming months, we will be challenging leading foreign and security policy thinkers around the world to address topical issues.

All previous and future talks will be available at and on our Youtube channel.

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