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NYC: Defending Freedom: How to Make Liberal Democracy Great Again
November 5, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
The ACG and the Heinrich Boell Foundation will host a discussion and luncheon with Ralf Fücks, Managing Director of the Center for Liberal Modernity and Author of Defending Freedom: How We Can Win the Fight for an Open Society.
Ralf Fücks is Managing Director of the Center for Liberal Modernity, a German think tank that was founded in 2017. He came to this role after more than 20 years with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the political foundation associated with the Greens. At the center of his work were green economics and ecological innovation, migration, the future of Europe, and international politics. Before that, he was Co-Chair of the Greens (1989/90) and Senator for Environment and City Development in Bremen.
Mr. Fücks is considered to be a prominent thinker seeking cross-party discourse, publishing in leading newspapers and delivering speeches as part of the public debate. He is an advocate for liberal ecology politics focusing on innovation rather than prohibition. Of special importance to him is a dialogue with the economy, which he considers an invaluable actor in a “green industrial revolution.” He is coordinator of the committee “Ecological Modernization” within the Petersburg Dialogue. Mr. Fücks is a committed European and transatlanticist as well as a proponent of the democratic opposition in Russia, Ukraine, and other eastern European countries.