Critical Conversation: The New West: Europe from the Nordic frontier
September 23 at 7:30pm
Each day of the Festival, authors and industry experts will come together for candid, live conversations to examine a new facet of the culture and politics that shape the world around us and the books we read.
In the 21st century, the influence of global political alliances had been fading, but the conflict in Ukraine is reshaping alliances, reaffirming borders and forcing nations to reassess their governmental and military relationships. For the Nordic countries, Finland and Sweden in particular, geographic proximity to Russia now requires strategic proximity to NATO and the EU. What impact will this have in the digital age of borderless big tech? Is this a return to the deep divisions of East and West in the 20th century? What should Canada’s response and role be? Join our expert panel for insight and discussion, including Jessikka Aro, whose book Putin’s Trolls: On the Frontlines of Russia’s Information War Against the World exposes the Kremlin’s coordinated, military-style social media operations against the West, and Robert Baines.
Moderated by Andres Kasekamp.
Date & Time: September 23 at 7:30pm ET
Where: Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 75 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
Presented with support from Nordic Bridges and FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange.