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Lecture

Making Populism Great Again - Donald Trump and his impact on Mexico-USA relations

  • Lorenzo Meyer
Date
Friday 20 May 2016
Time
Address
Gravensteen
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden
Room
Ground Floor (0.11)

Right from the start of his campaign as the 2016 Republican Party presidential candidate in the United States, Donald Trump has articulated the most outrageous ideas. His provocative propositions include forcing the Mexican government to build a wall at the border, while overtly attacking and criticizing ethnic and religious minorities, as well as women. Trump's statements galvanize notions of white supremacism and the celebration of violence against difference. His ideology is populist but also deeply influenced by authoritarianism, totalitarianism, and macho domination.

While Trump epitomises United States' imperialism in Latin America, he also raises concerns about international policy. Why has Trump gained so much popularity in the USA? How has the political establishment responded? How does Trump influence the perception of Mexico and Latin America at large among the USA electorate? What can Latin America draw from his potential presidency?

Prof. dr. Lorenzo Meyer is a leading scholar in the field of history and international relations. He is a professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and emeritus professor at Colegio de México, both the most prestigious academic institutions in Latin America. Meyer also writes a weekly column in the national newspaper Reforma, and regularly appears on national TV, including CNN, Aristegui Noticias and Canal 11. His latest book is entitled Nuestra tragedia persistente. La democracia autoritaria en México (Random House-Mondadori, 2013).

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