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Around the world, numerous nations have witnessed a resurgence of strongman politics — and with it, many governments are bypassing democratic norms and embracing populist ideals. Focusing on President Bolsonaro of Brazil and Prime Minister Modi of India, the speakers on this panel will discuss what nationalist and populist leadership means for Brazil, India, and the global political system at large.


  • Rachel Brule, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy, Boston University
  • Bruno Carvalho, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
  • Patrick Heller, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University

This event is co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.