FAES Program of Formation of Latin American Leaders Aznar: “Political confusion provokes some people to look for answers in populism and nationalism”


The former president of the Government and president of the FAES Foundation, José María Aznar, has met up this morning with the participants of the FAES Program of Formation of Latin American Leaders 2017, with whom he has talked about the challenge that the technological revolution poses to classical liberal democracies and its political system. “Technological revolution adds complexity to an already confusing and complex world. Classical liberal democracies are subject to a growing tension in which social networks are the maximum political expression”, Aznar has claimed.

“In this context of confusion and fragmentation of political representation, citizens look for answers and points of reference, sometimes in wrong places, as it is the case of populism and nationalism”, the former president of the Government has explained. He has affirmed that “the technological revolution cannot be an end itself, it needs to be useful, and therefore one of the challenges of the current world is to explain the reasons behind issues, where we are going”. In the presence of the participants of the Program, Aznar has regretted that “before, when we talked about populism, we looked to Latin America now, unfortunately, it is possible to look everywhere” and therefore “it is fundamental to reaffirm the classical principles of liberal democracies”.

According to Aznar “we live disorganized moments with chaotic tendencies for classical political parameters”. The serious security problems that represent North Korea and Iran, the jihadist threat, the migration phenomenon, the confusion in the US and the chaos in the Middle East are, in his opinion, other of the big challenges the West faces.

FAES Program of Latin American Visitors, which has been held since 2000 and in which have participated more than 600 young people, aims to promote the knowledge of the Spanish economic, institutional and political system and to provide leadership training, as well as encourage the exchange of ideas through conferences, debates and training workshops taught by experts who collaborate with FAES. It also seeks to promote institutional strengthening and the Rule of Law in Latin America and to strengthen the transmission chain of liberty and democracy values.

This edition brings together 25 young participants from 16 countries. The Program addresses issues such as the populist and nationalist threat; security, immigration and integration; the link between economic liberty and progress and prosperity; as well as the significance of ideas in politics, freedom in the 21st Century, and constitutional consensus and the Spanish Transition as an example to be pursued.

Traducido por María Maseda

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