Why are we so polarized? | Talking Transatlantic Affairs, Episode 2
From Paris, France to Paris, Texas, the partners in the transatlantic community face increased political division and polarization. Why is this happening now? Over the last year, the Bertelsmann Foundation has interviewed specialists in our office and leaders around Washington, DC for their views on Europe, the United States, and the transatlantic relationship. In this installment of the series, we asked them why societies have become so polarized.
Global Markets and Digital Adviser
Samuel George is the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Global Markets and Digital Advisor. Since joining Bertelsmann Foundation in 2012, his work has focused on economics, politics, the digital revolution, and daily life with a specific emphasis on where these issues intersect.
His multimedia approach features documentary film, animated video, and written analysis. Samuel’s documentaries bring viewers up close and personal to people and communities facing the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, offering candid perspectives that allow viewers to draw their own conclusions. Samuel’s written work has also sought to highlight global crossroads. His publications investigate the global impact of the digital revolution, arguing that a successful digital transition requires an inclusive conversation. This work builds upon previous research that contextualized trends in emerging markets, while underscoring the importance of international economics to the transatlantic community.
Samuel is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree in international politics and economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington. He is currently completing a PhD at that same institution.