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Alexander Görlach

Alexander Görlach is an advisor to the F. D. Roosevelt Foundation at Harvard University College. Prior to that he served as an affiliate professor in the "In Defense of Democracy"-program of this foundation at Adams House, and as visiting scholar to both Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Center for European Studies. Alex is a senior research associate at the Institute on Religion and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, England. Prior to that he served as a fellow at the Center for the Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the same University. Alex also is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and a senior advisor to the Berggruen Institute. His expertise is in politics and religion, liberal democracy, secularism, pluralism and cosmopolitism, he holds PhDs in linguistics and comparative religion. Alex is the founder of the debate-magazine The European, that he also ran as editor-in-chief from 2009-2015. He is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times, to Neue Zürcher Zeitung and ZEIT ONLINE. He is also a columnist to the German business outlet Wirtschaftswoche. In October 2016, Alex started the blog-magazine Here he gathers voices that wish to reinvigorate the discourse about Enlightenment and defend the values of liberal democracy.

Turkey is not a lost cause

by Alexander Görlach

The significant minority of Turks who didn’t vote for Mr Erdogan have almost become invisible to the rest of the world. But they haven’t vanished.

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Odi et Amo: Disappointment and the Politics of the Heart from Berlusconi to Trump

by Pietro Galeone

Many look to Italy as the next big electoral riddle to crack. With national elections coming up on March 4th and a political arena as fragmented as rarely before, the outcome is far from predictable.

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Democracy is at existential risk

by Stella Liu

One of the great mistakes made by many observers of history is a mistaken belief in inevitability. People, when talking about the development of institutions over time, like to think that events could not have happened any other way and that the trend will continue indefinitely.

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Talk is cheap and Macron is waiting

by Clemens Lukitsch

The French president Emmanuel Macron gets a lot of commendation these days. Liberals, conservatives and social democrats all praise the charismatic politician – but for different reasons.

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The idea of death in Russian poetry of the 20th century

by Egor Sychugov

Death is the only concept in the existence of humans that limits their supremacy over na-ture. Human life is valuable only because of death, just as time is valuable only when lim-ited. The presence of inevitable end extols the beginning, and death, ultimately taking everyone, is a kind of measure of reality for people — if there was no death, there would be no life, but only existence in time that we would not be able to sense.

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A liberal democracy doesn’t just fall from the sky

by Alexander Görlach

The West appears to face its end. After seventy years of hegemony, a fundamental opposition carries the day in countless places. This opposition stands in stark denial of the core principles of citizenship and social liberties, which the West brought: tolerance of religious minorities, equality of man and women, free speech and openness to the variance of life-paths. Regarding the relations between peoples and nations, it’s “us first” again – from the US to Catalonia. Cosmopolitan thinking, which thinks of politics as a solution to global quests, is ridiculed.

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“The United Nations should punish China for keep violating human rights”

Interview with Eeling Chiu

Being a human rights activist, Eeling Chiu was active in supporting Lee Ming-che, the first Taiwanese being sentenced to prison in the People’s Republic of China for allegedly engaging in activities against the state. SLD spoke to Eeling about the case of Lee Ming-che and human rights in China.

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Populism is here to stay

A conversation with Martin Eiermann 

The rise of populism in Europe is not a fad, as Berkeley’s Martin Eiermann claims in a recent study on voting trends, conducted with Yascha Mounk and Limor Gultchin for the Tony Blair Institute. Their data shows that right-wing extremism has already changed Europe’s political landscape — and it is here to stay.

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To fix the divide, first we all must serve

by Signe Janoska-Bedi

Clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past summer indicated a deep discord in American social identity but provided few immediate clues as to a solution. More specifically, the riots showed Americans that our increasingly inclusive society – certainly not yet inclusive enough – is under threat. Today’s level of political and social polarization reminds us of the Antebellum South, in context if not intensity.

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