China in the 21st Century

Germany, Canada, Turkey - they are all hedging their bets on China's economic might. But the combination of Western capitalism and homegrown party politics is showing cracks. As China prospers, it must address endemic corruption, inequalities and the thorny question of human rights.

The Janus-Faced Giant...

China's growing international power has done little to improve the situation for domestic minorities and dissenters. The West must insist that China meets not only international economic standards, but good governance standards as well.

The Dark Side of Prosp...

China's rise should not blind us to the darker sides of the country's political culture. Dissidents like Ai Weiwei and Ni Yulan continue to face detention and repression for defending the civic and political rights of others.

Dragon Down...

China's might is undermined by infighting and corruption. Unless the Communist Party engages in serious house-cleaning, we will soon see the end of the Chinese success story.


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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