The Long Aftermath of Revolution

Substantive democracy is a precious good. In the West, we struggle to respect elementary civil rights - and countries like Egypt or Libya are tasked with building a whole political system on the brittle foundation of economic hardship and political chaos.

Development Is Not For...

We treat development and reconstruction like a simple recipe: As long as we stir in the right ingredients, the dish will be a success. Unfortunately, reality looks rather different.

Democracy, Not For Sal...

Many Western activists still think that democratic systems can easily be exported to other countries. They happily pump money into the drafting of new constitutions and the establishment of liberal organizations - and fail to see that even the best democratic toolkit is worthless without a popular s

I Know That I Know Not...

After the Arab Spring, Western nations rushed to aid the newly empowered revolutionaries. But even a sincere commitment cannot compensate for a lack of knowledge. Aid without understanding is an obstacle rather than a catalyst of democratic change.

A CEO For Democracy...

In the fictional country of Postrevolutia, change is in the air. In order to ensure the peaceful transition from an authoritarian past towards a democratic future, expectations must be managed carefully.

A Roadmap for Postrevo...

The fictional country of Postrevolutia is headed for democracy. A task that is easier formulated than accomplished: At every turn, the achievements of the revolution are put into jeopardy.


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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