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Comparing Right-Wing Illiberalism in the United States and Europe—and Beyond

Panel Discussion
Speakers, topic, time and place
Monday, November 21, 2022, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Panel Discussion with Thomas Carothers (CEIP) and Ivan Krastev (IWM), moderated by Renata Uitz (CEU DI)

Organized in cooperation with CEU Democracy Institute and European Forum Alpbach

In some ways, rising illiberal right-wing political figures and pressures appear very similar in the United States and Europe, as well as in other parts of the world.  Yet at a closer look reveals some significant differences in the roots and reach of these troubling political currents, with important implications regarding the level of threat they present to democracy.

The discussion will be followed by a reception at QS Glass Hall (B002).


This event will be livestreamed.



Thomas Carothers

Thomas Carothers is a senior fellow and co-director of Carnegie’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program. He is a leading authority on international support for democracy, human rights, governance, the rule of law, and civil society. Thomas has worked on democracy assistance projects for many organizations and carried out extensive field research on aid efforts around the world. He is the author or editor of ten critically acclaimed books and many articles in prominent journals and newspapers. He has been a visiting faculty member at the Central European University in Budapest, Nuffield College, Oxford University, and Johns Hopkins SAIS. Prior to joining the Endowment, Carothers practiced international and financial law at Arnold & Porter and served as an attorney adviser in the office of the legal adviser of the U.S. Department of State.

Ivan Krastev

Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, IWM Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and member of the Board of Directors of GLOBSEC. He was a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times (2015-2021) and currently is a Financial Times contributing editor. Ivan Krastev is the author of "Is it Tomorrow, Yet? How the Pandemic Changes Europe" (Allen Lane, 2020); The Light that Failed: A Reckoning (Allen Lane, 2019), co-authored with Stephen Holmes - won the 30th Annual Lionel Gelber Prize; “After Europe” (UPenn Press, 2017); “Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest” (UPenn Press, 2014) and “In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?” (TED Books, 2013). Ivan Krastev is the winner of the Jean Améry Prize for European Essay Writing 2020.


Renáta Uitz started teaching comparative constitutional law at CEU in 2001 and became a professor of law at the Department of Legal Studies in 2009. In February 2022 she joined CEU's Democracy Institute as a co-director. Her major research interests lie in transition to and from constitutional democracy, the protection of individual autonomy and religious liberty. Her current work focuses on illiberal constitutional practices in the European Union and the normalization of illiberal constitutionalism around the world. Her most recent book publication is the Routledge Handbook of Illiberalism, co-edited with András Sajó and Stephen Holmes (Routledge 2021).



This event is wheelchair accessible.