Fukuyama Speaks About Identity Politics at UKH

3 months ago

The University of Kurdistan Hewler hosted a seminar for the acclaimed American political scientist and political philosopher Francis Fukuyama on Friday.

?Identity Politics and its Impact on Global Politics,? was the theme of his talk which was a briefing on his recently published book, The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment.

Dr Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Mosbacher Director of FSI?s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He was joined by Erik G. Jensen from the Stanford Law School and Abdulwahab al-Kebsi Managing Director of the Centre for International Private Enterprise.

The seminar was part of the activities by the Centre for Regional and International Studies and held in collaboration with the Centre for Information and Strategic Studies of Kurdistan.

Dr Fukuyama highlighted the deep divisions in Western countries over identities, particularly when the left groups are defending the interests of the marginalized groups whereas the groups on the right call for the protection of their existing traditional identities, such as from immigrants. ?The 21st century is about the politics of identity issues, unlike the 20th century which was shaped by economic issues,? he said. ?

The event was attended by key public and academic figures in Kurdistan Region as well as students and academics of UKH. 

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