Democracy in Crisis: distinguished panellists discuss modern governance


On May 20th, Pembroke hosted an online discussion, titled ‘Democracy in Crisis.’ The event, which featured a number of distinguished panellists including three alumni, was streamed to over 500 alumni and guests.

The event, opened by Pembroke Master Sir Ernest Ryder, included Pembroke alumni Lord Heseltine (Member of the House of Lords, Pembroke 1951), and Ambassador Dr. Monica Juma (Defence Cabinet Secretary, Republic of Kenya, Pembroke 1995). Also among the panellists were Lord Patten (Chancellor of the University and official visitor to Pembroke College, (Balliol 1962)) and Professor Graham Allison of Harvard University (Hertford 1962). The event was moderated by Pembroke alumna and BBC Journalist Tanya Beckett (1984).

A key focus of the discussion was to examine the prospects for democracy in a post covid-pandemic world. The panellists debated on where the balance of international power now lies, and how relevant and sustainable the traditional model of western government is for future generations. The event was closed by Andrew Mitchell, Deputy Director of Alumni Engagement, who summarised the discussion and thanked the panellists.

A full replay of the lecture is available here