Is democracy in crisis, or even becoming a thing of the past? Are Trump, Modi, Oban, and Netanyahu the harbingers of a new era, in which presidencies and premierships closer resemble cults of personality than democratic government?

Social and political commentators around the world warn repeatedly that the very fabric of democracy is in danger of unravelling. Is this hyperbole or the new reality? And is there a ‘new world order’ on the horizon?

Join Roger Eatwell, Claire Fox, Saeed Khan and Hardeep Matharu in conversation with Aaqil Ahmed.

About The Host

Aaqil Ahmed

Aaqil is the former Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC and Channel 4, delivering many award-winning programmes, including The Life of Muhammad. He is also Professor of Media at Bolton University, Non-Executive Director of the Advertising Standards Authority and a consultant in Television production, communications and diversity.

About The Speakers

Roger Eatwell

Roger Eatwell is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bath who has been researching fascism and populism since the late 1970s. His latest publication is (co-author Matt Goodwin) National Populism: the Revolt against Liberal Democracy (Pelican, 2018), a Sunday Times Book of the Year selection.




Claire Fox

Claire Fox is an author and public commentator. She is director of the Academy of Ideas which organises the annual Battle of Ideas festival at the Barbican in London. Her most recent book, I STILL Find That Offensive!, was published by Biteback in 2018.

Saeed Khan

Saeed Khan is Senior Lecturer in Near East & Asian Studies and Global Studies at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. He is also the co-founder of the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding, and a panelist on Turning Point for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Hardeep Matharu

Hardeep Matharu is social affairs editor at the Byline Times news site.