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Can Joe Biden prevent America's slide into right-wing populism and become a force for progress?

In the wake of the latest U.S election, what will the Biden era look like? Our two speakers will focus their discussion on the impact of Trump's policies, his mobilisation of a far-right white supremacist movement and the new administration's attempt to undo them. Can he put in place a COVID-19 rescue and recovery plan, given a very closely divided and polarized Congress? And can he avoid the pitfalls that opened Trump's path to power?

Speakers: Mr John Matisonn and Dr Francis Kornegay

Date:          Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Time:         15h30 - 16h30 (CAT/ SAST)
Platform:   Microsoft Teams

About the speakers

Foreign correspondent, author and broadcaster, Mr John Matisonn covered the White House, State Department and the US houses of Congress for six years and held a one-year William F. Benton Fellowship at the University of Chicago. He was an award-winning foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, made a number of documentaries for the American public network, PBS, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and many other publications. He currently writes a column for News24 on the US election 2020 and presents a weekly show on Cape Town Television.
He is the author of two books, CYRIL'S CHOICES, Lessons from 25 years of freedom in South Africa, and GOD, SPIES AND LIES, Finding South Africa's future through its past.

Dr Francis Kornegay is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Dialogue. He is also a member of the JIOR international editorial board and a past fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars. He has Masters Degrees in African Studies from Howard University and in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins. Kornegay served two stints in the US Congress as a professional staffer, among other things, developing financial sanctions legislation on South Africa. He established the Research and Evaluation Unit for the African Development Foundation, an independent US agency. In South Africa, he served as the country director of the African-American Institute (AAI) and was involved in electoral support activities. Since then, among other things, he has focused on South-South co-operation issues on which he has written and published extensively.