The Middle East Peace Process

Israel and Palestine have been uneasy neighbors ever since the Israeli state was created in 1948, and they have been engaged in peace negotiations since 1991. The Arab revolutions have infused the once-stalled debates with new arguments. 2011 could become a decisive year for peace and stability in the Middle East.

Blocking The Road To P...

The Palestinean quest for statehood is threatening to derail the already-defunct peace process in the Middle East. Unless Abbas backs down, we might see the end of the Oslo accords and a return to violence.

For Israel, A Fork In ...

Israel would be doing well to accept the unitary government from Hamas and Fatah as a chance for the peace process. Given the latest events in the Middle East, to continue the hard-line attitude seems to make little sense even no Palestinian state is formed in September.

A Bold Vision For The ...

Barack Obama has offered a bold vision for peace in the Middle East. His message is clear: There is no alternative to continued talks and tough concessions from both sides. Peace cannot be achieved with security. Both Israelis and Palestinians are now asked to recognize the other's unconditional rig


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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