The United States faces extraordinary problems of polarization, radicalization, and extremism that make it difficult to address pressing policy issues. There have been precipitous increases in the public's distrust of government, institutional dysfunction, and racial and ethnic violence. Taken together, these developments pose systemic risks and threaten the very fabric of our society, economy, and political processes.
On February 9, Brookings will host a webinar to discuss the United States' polarization and the importance of overcoming those divisions, particularly after a divisive election campaign and its troubled aftermath. Panelists will explore the sources of American divisions and policy solutions with the potential to take the country on a path toward healing and shared prosperity. Speakers will identify specific steps that would address the structural factors fueling polarization and extremism and opportunities for state and community leaders to contribute to these overall efforts.
Panel 1: Policy solutions for a path towards healing
Camille Busette, Senior Fellow and Director, Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative | @CamilleBusette Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow and Research Director, Global Economy and Development, Brookings | @cgbrookings Elaine Kamarck, Senior Fellow and Founding Director, Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings | @EKamarck Isabel V. Sawhill, Senior Fellow, Center on Children and Families, Future of the Middle Class Initiative, Brookings | @isawhill Moderator: Darrell M. West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies, Brookings | @DarrWest
Panel 2: How civil society can help the country overcome divisions
Lynn Heady, Co-Director of Field Operations, Braver Angels Katy Joseph, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Interfaith Alliance | @kathrynjoseph19 Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of Government, Harvard University | @dziblatt Kelebogile Zvobgo, Incoming Assistant Professor of Government, College of William & Mary; Founder and Director, International Justice Lab | @kelly_zvobgo Moderator: Fiona Hill, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings