Democracies Divided – Join NIMD in The Hague, 7 November

NIMD is teaming up with Leiden University and the Centre for the Study of Political Parties and Representation for an event on the modern challenge of political polarization.

On 7 November, Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace will be joining two democracy experts from the field, as he unveils the findings from his new book: ‘Democracies Divided’. Drawing on case studies from developing and developed democracies alike, Carothers will discuss the rising global tide of severe political polarization, including its causes, consequences, and possible remedies.

For those interested in modern challenges facing democracy and how to safeguard its future, this event is not to be missed!

Registration for the event is now open via Eventbrite. Be sure to register early as places for this event are highly limited.


Room 3.60 Leiden University Campus The Hague, Wijnhaven, Turfmarkt 99, 2511 DP The Hague

Speakers list:

  • Thomas Carothers, Senior Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Caroline Gaita, Executive Director of Mzalendo Trust
  • Prof. Ingrid Van Biezen, Professor in Comparative Politics at the Leiden University
  • Wouter Dol, Head of Knowledge and Strategic Relations at the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD)

The event will be moderated by Violet Benneker, Knowledge Advisor at NIMD.

Running order:

  • 16:00 – Arrival and light refreshments
  • 16:30 – Introduction by Thijs Berman, NIMD
  • 16:35 – Book presentation by Thomas Carothers
  • 17:00 – Reflections by Prof. Ingrid Van Biezen, Leiden University
  • 17:10 – Reflections by Caroline Gaita, Mzalendo Trust
  • 17:20 – Debate and questions to speakers
  • 17:45 – Complimentary drinks reception and book sale
  • 18:30 – Event closing