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Democracy according to Trump

Daniel Innerarity is a returning face to Save Liberal Democracy – he is Professor of Political Philosophy, Ikerbasque Researcher at the University of the Basque Country and Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. Continue reading “Democracy according to Trump”

“The West is nervous”

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.

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The Unfair Assessment on the Failure of Muslim Integration in Western Europe

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

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“We fight over narratives that determine who we are”

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.

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“Nations are political constructs”

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.

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“Trump forgets that Mexico is the door to South America”

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.

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“There is no sense of common purpose in this country”

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.

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“People may turn to religious leaning leaders in times of insecurity”

Gorski

Philip Gorski is an American Sociologist in the areas of religious and historical Sociology. He is the  Co-Director of Yale’s Center for Comparative Research (CCR), and co-runs the Religion and Politics Colloquium at the Yale MacMillan Center. He sat down with Alexander Görlach to talk about the role of religion in the public sphere.

SLD:Politics and religion are back on stage. Why is it that a res publica like the United States of America or European countries such as Austria, Poland or England never cease invoking religious rhetoric and inventory?

Gorski: Religious and national identities tend to be very entangled with each other. In some instances, this is quite explicit. Many Americans consider the US a “Christian nation.” Many Poles consider their country a “Catholic nation.”

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“Maybe democracies don’t work without control from elites.”

“Populism exists because institutions are elite-driven”, but democracies don’t work well without elites, says the acclaimed author of The End of History, Francis Fukuyama in an interview with Alexander Görlach at Stanford University.


SLD: How would you sum up the last year? What has happened to the world order?

Fukuyama: The big surprise is that this wave of populist nationalism has happened in the home territory of classic, liberalist Anglo-Saxon areas. For the first time, at least in my time, there is a president who openly dismisses America’s role in a liberal world order. The other problem with Donald Trump is his utter lack of qualification for the job, be it preparation, character or temperament. Nothing since his inauguration has eased any of those concerns, either…

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