An Outsider’s Perspective

What will our neighbours say? During the Forum on European Culture, together with Kishore Mahbubani and Taslima Nasrin, we explore Europe’s common identity and its current and future standing on the global stage.

This programme is part of the festival Forum on European Culture, 17 – 20 September 2020 in Amsterdam.

What will our neighbours say? A unique panel with leading thinkers and artists from Asia, America, and Africa explore Europe’s common identity and its current and future standing on the global stage.

Together with acclaimed political scientist Kishore Mahbubani and Bangladeshi author, feminist activist, and Islam critic Taslima Nasrin, we explore our continent from a non-European perspective. What makes Europeans European, according to people from different parts of the world? In tackling social-economic inequality, mass immigration, and democratic backsliding, what should we learn from other continents? How will Europe stand tall on the world stage amidst gigants like China and India?

This event will be livestreamed on Sunday 20 September 3:00 pm on our website.

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Taslima Nasrin (Bangladesh, 1962) is an international author, feminist, human rights activist, and Islam critic. Originally a physician, Nasrin switched to writing poetry and prose. Her unflinching criticism of female oppression and Islam led to forced exile and multiple fatwas calling for her death.

Kishore Mahbubani (Singapore, 1948) is a political scientist, writer, and former diplomat. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore, and served as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. His books, Has the West Lost It? (2018) and Has China Won? (2020) discuss the decline of European and US power and the rise of China and India on the world stage.

Marietje Schaake is the international policy director at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center and international policy fellow at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. She was named President of the Cyber Peace Institute. Between 2009 and 2019, Marietje served as a Member of European Parliament for the Dutch liberal democratic party where she focused on trade, foreign affairs and technology policies. Marietje is affiliated with a number of non-profits including the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Observer Research Foundation in India and writes a monthly column for the Financial Times and a bi-monthly column for the Dutch NRC newspaper. 


Taslima NasrinActivist
Kishore MahbubaniPolitical scientist, writer and former diplomat
Marietje SchaakeModerator