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The Different Faces of Identity and Politics Today

Francis Fukuyama
Francis Fukuyama

American thinker and political theorist, professor at Stanford University

Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Toomas Hendrik Ilves

President of Estonia (2006–2016)

A conversation with the former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and the American thinker and political theorist Francis Fukuyama, professor at Stanford University.

Identity is inevitable, says professor Fukuyama, but how to make it a solution and not a source of problems? How should one understand identity in an era of fear and hatred? Can identity help fight the decay of democratic institutions? What have been the different faces of identity through time?

In their sparkling conversation, president Ilves and professor Fukuyama focus on different aspects of identity and its impact in the world: The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, etc.

The conversation was inspired by professor Fukuyama’s recent bestseller Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment.

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