World’s Reaction to the Floyd Protests
June 24, 2020
2:00pm – 3:00pm
The world came to a screeching halt after George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis, was murdered by a police officer. For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, Derek Chauvin put his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck, causing him to die by asphyxiation. This horrific incident caused unprecedented protests not only across the US but around the world on nearly every continent in support of George Floyd and condemning police brutality. The Chinese foreign ministry called racism in the US “a chronic disease of American society” in an apparent jab at the US government, which had condemned the crackdown on protests in Hong Kong. Protests spread to Europe, resulting in clashes in some instances. In the Middle East, the images of support for the protests from war-torn Syria were widely shared in social media. As the US is dealing with how to confront racism at home, the Floyd protests will likely have implications for America’s global image and credibility.
The SETA Foundation at Washington, DC is pleased to host a distinguished panel of experts to discuss the global reverberations of the Floyd protests.
Ho-Fung Hung, Henry M. and Elizabeth P. Wiesenfeld Professor in Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University
Borzou Daragahi, International Correspondent, The Independent and Senior Nonresident Fellow, Atlantic Council
Kilic B. Kanat, Research Director, The SETA Foundation at Washington DC
Ho-fung Hung is the author of the award-winning Protest with Chinese Characteristics (2011) and The China Boom: Why China Will not Rule the World (2016), both published by Columbia University Press. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Development and Change, Review of International Political Economy, Asian Survey, and elsewhere. His research publications have been translated into seven different languages, and are recognized by awards from five different sections of the American Sociological Association, Social Science History Association, and the World Society Foundation of Switzerland. His analyses of the Chinese political economy and Hong Kong politics have been featured or cited in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, BBC News, Die Presse (Austria), The Guardian, Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), The Straits Times (Singapore), Xinhua Monthly (China), People’s Daily (China), among other publications.
Borzou Daragahi is International Correspondent for The Independent and serves as a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. He has been covering the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and Europe since 2002, with stints in Tehran, Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, and now Istanbul. He serves as a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank.
Kilic Bugra Kanat is the Research Director at the SETA Foundation at Washington DC. He is also Assistant Professor of Political Science at Penn State University, Erie. Dr. Kanat received his PhD in Political Science from Syracuse University; a Master’s in Political Science from Syracuse University; a Master’s in International Affairs from Marquette University. Dr. Kanat’s writings have appeared in Foreign Policy, Insight Turkey, The Diplomat, Middle East Policy, Arab Studies Quarterly, Mediterranean Quarterly, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, and Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. He is a columnist at Daily Sabah. He is the author of A Tale of Four Augusts: Obama’s Syria Policy.