Insurrection and Accountability in the United States: What just happened? And what happens next?

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The presidency of Donald J. Trump ended as strangely as it began. His scandal-wracked tenure culminated in the shocking siege of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. A week later, he became the first U.S. president in history to be impeached twice, this time for incitement of insurrection. As unprecedented as it seems, this is hardly the first episode of extremist violence in American history. Concerns about worsening polarization and further far-right violence continue to mount. Once a model for the world, many now question whether America’s democratic experiment will survive intact.

This panel gathers together scholars and practitioners from the University of Toronto to discuss these momentous events. How did the world’s most powerful security forces fail to prevent a domestic insurrection? How should we understand far-right extremism and political violence in the United States? And how will Americans balance competing calls for security, accountability, justice, and reconciliation?


Carmen Cheung
Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy; Executive Director of the Center for Justice and Accountability

Jon R. Lindsay
Assistant Professor, Digital Media and Global Affairs Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Alexandra Rahr
Bissell-Heyd Lecturer in American Studies, Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

Kent Roach
Professor & Prichard Wilson Chair in Law and Public Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

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