Tuesday November 8, 18:00

As we await the results of the US midterm elections, join us to assess the first two years of the Biden administration and what we can expect from the following two. We will discuss US social, economic, and foreign policy issues. What issues will motivate Americans to vote? What is the crucial agenda Americans will focus on in their electoral decision? Will the results of these elections affect the US policy toward Ukraine or limit Biden’s generous spending programs? Why Trump’s popularity outnumbers Biden’s, according to many polls and what would be the impact of the former president on midterms? Does Trump have a chance to retake the presidency? Or will the midterms indicate the strengths and weaknesses of other potential candidates?

We will offer perspectives from the US – Jeremy Shapiro, the UK – Matthew Goodwin, and the global one from Bruno Maçães. Alexandr Vondra and Jan Růžička will moderate the debate.

The launching ceremony of the Czech translation of Bruno Maçães’ History Has Begun (Na počátku dějin: Úsvit nové Ameriky, INFO.CZ, 2022) will be held after the debate.

Please register at pctr@vsci.cz if you plan to attend our debate.

Matt Goodwin is an academic, bestselling author, pollster, and speaker known for his research on politics, populism, elections, voting, public opinion, Brexit, Europe, academic freedom and more. He is Professor of Politics at Rutherford College, University of Kent, recently served as Senior Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, at Chatham House, Senior Fellow with the UK In a Changing Europe, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, and Senior Advisor to the UK Education Committee. In 2022, Matt was appointed Social Mobility Commissioner.
The author of six books, he has written a Sunday Times bestseller, National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy. He is the author of the 2015 Political Book of the Year, Revolt on the Right. He shares his views on his Substack, writing fortnightly newsletters and discussions with leading experts, thinkers, and writers.

Matt engages widely with governments and corporations around the globe. He has consulted and given talks to more than 400 organizations, from the UK Prime Minister’s Office to the President of Germany, the US State Department, the European Commission, Google, Deutsche Bank, UBS, JP Morgan, and many more.


Bruno Maçães is a geopolitical strategist, business strategist, and bestselling author.  A former Minister of European Affairs in Portugal represented his country in Brussels during the eurozone crisis, the first Ukraine war and Brexit. Bruno Maçães is currently a Non-resident Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, Martens Centre and a Senior Advisor at Flint Global in London. In the past, he worked for American Enterprise Institute and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has a doctorate in political science from Harvard University. He regularly publishes in the Financial Times, The New Statesman, National Review, Politico, platform Substack, Guardian, and Foreign Affairs. He frequently comments on recent events for CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, and Al-Jazeera.

He has published four bestselling books:  The Dawn of Eurasia (2018), Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order (2019), and History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America (2020). His most recent work, Geopolitics for the End Time, was released in September 2021. In it, Bruno predicts that the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic will be the dawn of a new strategic era heralding a profoundly different geopolitical landscape.


Jeremy Shapiro is the research director of the European Council on Foreign Relations. His areas of focus include US foreign policy and transatlantic relations. He was previously a fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy and the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings, where he edited the Foreign Policy program’s blog Order from Chaos. Prior to Brookings, he was a member of the U.S. State Department’s policy planning staff. He was also the senior advisor to Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon, providing strategic guidance on a wide variety of U.S.-European foreign policy issues.

Shapiro has also worked as a policy analyst at RAND in Washington, D.C. He served on General Stanley McChrystal’s initial assessment team that recommended a new strategy for the NATO efforts in Afghanistan (2009). He is the author of numerous articles on European and strategic affairs in various newspapers and journals, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, and The Washington Post. He also has published several books and monographs, including, with Nick Witney, Towards a Post-American Europe: A Power Audit of US-EU Relations (2009); with Michael O’Hanlon, Protecting the Homeland 2006/2007 (2006); with Philip Gordon; Allies at War: America, Europe, and the Crisis over Iraq (2004); with Lynn Davis, The U.S. Army and the New National Security Strategy (2002); and with Zalmay Khalilzad, Strategic Appraisal: U.S. Aerospace Power in the 21st Century (2001).