James S. Fishkin is Professor for International Communication and Political Science at Stanford University. He is also director of Stanford’s Center for Deliberative Democracy. Fishkin is a widely cited scholar on his work on deliberative democracy.
Aboard the Mayflower ideas of exceptionalism crossed the Atlantic. Today, both the United States and England, still partly run on this flawed narrative. This helps explaining the crisis both countries face.
Dr. Peter Frankopan is a historian at Oxford University, where he is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. In his recent book “Silk Roads. A New History of the World” he argues against a Western-centric worldview.
AJ Naddaff is an Arab Studies and Political-Science major, a French Assistant Teacher and a Research Assistant for the Arab Studies Department at Davidson College. This summer he will be conducting a project documenting the intersection of Syrian exile art, the lives of the artists, and their intellectual response to crisis of varying kinds throughout Europe. Follow his website here: ajnaddaff.com
Ten years ago Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor wrote his master piece “A Secular Age”. Since then a lot has changed and it seems that not only is religion back as a spiritual, quiet force but also as a determing, clamant factor in global politics. Religous and quasi-religious narratives alike shape the identity of the people, such as the painting by Delacroix in the picture above has shaped the French narrative. We sat down with Professor Taylor to discuss the state of world affairs.
Colin Crouch a few years ago shocked the public with the analysis in his book “Post-Democracy”, claiming that our political order is in heavy decay. Nowadays he may think, due to Brexit and the Trump election, his prediction has in fact come true and even faster than expected. We were talking with the man who may have new predictions for the UK election and the exit from Brexit.
Homero Aridjis is a Mexican poet, journalist and diplomat. Besides critically acclaimed (and frankly beautiful) poetry, he is known for his thought-through and independent views. Aridjis has previously been the Mexican ambassador to the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UNESCO.
SLD: What has the US-Mexican relationship been like over the last sixty years?
Aridjis: Well, if you look at societal, economic or political relationships, it seems as if the US always has been a bully in this relationship. It started in 1845, when Mexico lost half its country to the US. In that war, the US gained some previously Mexican states, for example what now is Arizona or New Mexico. Ever since then, you have had Mexican people live in the US, they were foreigners on their own soil. They were discriminated against, both racially and socially.
Danielle S. Allen is an American political scientist. A professor in the Government Department at Harvard University, she also serves as the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Allen sits on the Pulitzer Prize board and is author of several books.
SLD: With the US’ recent travel ban, thousands of students were affected and unable to return to their schools. On a larger scale – how can academia influence the government’s policy-making?
Allen: It is a challenge, admittedly. You have litigation strategies, no doubt. But you also must work closely with the administration to figure out how to make both the country and the universities happy.