What to do in the face of extremism and populism? Two eminent politicians discuss


On December 3rd, 2019, the friends of the Aladin Project gathered around the former French Prime Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve and Antony Blinken, former United States Deputy Secretary of State during the Obama presidency for a debate on the threat of populism looming over democracies.

About 50 friends of the Aladdin Project gathered on December 3rd for a debate on “Facing extremism and populism, what future for our democracies?”

Former Prime Minister of France, Bernard Cazeneuve and Antony Blinken, former United States Deputy Secretary of State during the Obama presidency engaged in a passionate debate moderated by Leah Pisar, president of the Aladdin Project.

Among the many personalities attending the gathering, André Azoulay, Councelor Counsellor to His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco; Valérie Rabault, President of the group Socialistes et apprentés at the French National Assembly ; former French ministers Clotilde Walter and Tony Dreyfus ; Bariza Khiari, representing French President Emmanuel Macon at the board of the Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH) ; Roger Cukierman, honorary President of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) ; Ariel Goldmann, President of the Fonds social juif unifié (FSJU) ; Hedva Ser, Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO ; Judith Pisar, Special Envoy for UNESCO pour la diplomatie culturelle ; Odile Jacob, editor ; the actress Charlotte Rampling ; Philippe Gélie, columnist at the Figaro ; and Laurent Cohen Tanugi, lawyer and writer.