- A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, with Adam Gopnik
In his eloquent defense of liberalism, Adam Gopnik goes back to its origins and argues that rather than being emphasizing the role of the individual, "two principles, the principle of community and the principle of compromise," are at the core of the liberal project. Indeed, these are the essential elements of humane, pluralist societies; and in an age of autocracy, our very lives may depend on their continued existence.
- Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, with Francis Fukuyama
The rise of global populism is the greatest threat to global democracy, and it's mainly driven not by economics, but by people's demand for public recognition of their identities, says political scientist Francis Fukuyama. "We want other people to affirm our worth, and that has to be a political act." How is this playing out in the U.S., Europe, and Asia? What practical steps can we take to counteract it?
- Brazilian Identity, Western Culture, & Institutions, with Eduardo Wolf
Eduardo Wolf is a professor of ancient philosophy and ethics, and a newspaper editor in São Paulo, Brazil. He discusses the similarities and differences between studies in Latin America and Europe/North America, and the struggle to find the essence of Brazilian identity--a struggle common to former colonies, he argues. He also explores the "communitarian reaction" against globalization and its focus on individual identity.
- Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, with Amy Chua
"The United States today is starting to display destructive political dynamics much more typically associated with developing countries: ethno-nationalist movements, the erosion of trust in our institutions and electoral outcomes, and above all, the transformation of democracy into an engine of zero-sum political tribalism."
- Is Indonesia Becoming Like Pakistan? with Andreas Harsono
The maximum penalty for blasphemy in Pakistan is death, and public protest is not allowed. Indonesia is nowhere near as bad as this--yet. "Indonesia is now going down the Pakistan route," says Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch. "There are more and more political manipulations using the blasphemy law, and there are more and more discriminatory regulations against minorities in Indonesia."
- A Liberal Democracy Doesn't Fall from the Sky
"The West appears to face its end," writes Alexander Görlach. "After 70 years of hegemony, fundamental opposition carries the day in countless places. This opposition stands in stark denial of the West's core principles of citizenship and social liberties: tolerance of religious minorities, equality of the sexes, free speech, and openness to diverse lifestyles." But we shouldn't accept this as inevitable, he declares. We must go into battle.
- Marlene Laruelle on Europe's Far-Right Political Movements
What has led to the rise of far-right parties across Europe and how have they evolved over time? Is immigration really the main issue, or is there a more complex set of problems that vary from nation to nation? What are the ideological and practical connections between the far right and Russia? Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Marlene Laruelle is an expert on Europe, Russia, Eurasia, and Europe's far right. Don't miss her analysis.
- Carnegie Council's 2017 Religion & Pluralism Research Delegation to Yogyakarta, Indonesia
From October 15-21, 2017, Devin Stewart, senior director of Carnegie Council's Asia Dialogues program, led a group of 12 Pacific Delegates from seven countries and a diverse set of professional backgrounds to Yogyakarta to examine the role of religion and pluralism in Indonesian politics and society. The delegates participated in classroom discussions, expert lectures, cultural activities, and site visits.
- Indonesia's Jihadists, and the Rise of Female Terrorists
Indonesia is sometimes described as "the smiling face of Islam," but the reality is much more complex. Naraniyah explains the shifting landscape of Indonesian Islamic extremist groups, and notes that women are playing an increasingly important role, many of them inspired by images on social media of female ISIS supporters around the world.
- The Bane of Nations: Nationalism in the Modern World
"Today, a European Pole might rub shoulders with an Iraqi while walking in the streets of Shanghai, and in Los Angeles an Ecuadorian store owner might sell shirts to a Ghanaian customer. The traditional notion of nationalism simply cannot exist in this multicultural amalgamation."
- Rekindling Nationalism through Symbolism: Asset or Hindrance to Globalism?
Globalization is a forum, a union of the world's nations to collaborate as a family. However, for all to be heard, all must be on a level playing field. Developing nations like India require citizens to work together to reach the goal of an equal say. Hence for India, nationalism--a cultural unification to rekindle the sense of belonging and confidence--is indispensable.
- Nationalism: A Modern Asset
"We are currently living in the rapidly globalizing world of the 21st century. This means that the barriers of communication and cultural exchange are eliminated. Consequently, nationalism grows into a crucial asset to have and will always be essential, especially in this open world. As an example, take my home country, Indonesia."
- Call for Applications for Indonesia Fact-Finding Trip, October 2017
The Asia Dialogues program will lead a one-week fact-finding trip to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the week of October 16, 2017, to explore issues relating to religion in politics and society. We are accepting applications from students and professionals under 40 from the U.S. and East Asia. Thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation, airfare and hotel expenses are covered.
- Winners of the 2016 International Student Photo Contest on Urbanization
Carnegie Council congratulates the winners of its annual International Student Photo Contest. The topic was cities/urbanization. What are the pros and cons? Who gains and who loses? The winning photos are by students from the United States, Canada, and Romania.
- Andreas Hatzigeorgiou on Global Cities, Migration, and Stockholm's Economy
Stockholm is now the fastest growing capital in Europe, and Andreas Hatzigeorgiou brings a useful international perspective to his position as chief economist at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. In this wide-ranging conversation he discusses Stockholm's enormous success as a tech hub, Sweden's immigration policies, and much more.
- Indonesia's Growing Islamist Populism
November and December 2016 saw mass demonstrations in Jakarta, the largest protests in Indonesia's history. The demonstrators demanded that the city governor, an ethnic Chinese and a Christian, be prosecuted and then arrested for blasphemy against Islam. What are the forces behind these confrontations and what will be the consequences?
- Perceptions of Muslims and Islam in the U.S. in Light of Trump's Victory
What will Trump's victory mean for American Muslims? How have attitudes towards them changed over the years? (The answer may surprise you.) How does this moment compare to the "Red Scare" of WWI and after? And how can U.S. Muslims counter any hate that may arise? Don't miss this enlightening discussion.
- Kumi Naidoo on Human Rights and the Impact of Climate Change
Kumi Naidoo's activism began at 15 years old, when he risked his life to protest against apartheid in his native South Africa. The former Greenpeace executive hasn't stopped since. Learn more about this inspiring man and find out why he considers climate change to be the most important human rights issue of our time.
- Welcome to Canada: the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge
In just under a year, Toronto's universities raised more than CAD$4.3 million and helped 19 Syrian families (99 people) settle in Canada, with many more on the way. And it all began at Ryerson University. Cukier and Jackson tell the inspiring story of how they mobilized support. Jackson even cancelled her wedding reception and donated the funds to RULSC.
- Integration and the European Migration "Crisis"
How we treat the millions arriving in Europe will affect all our futures, writes migration expert Jenny Phillimore. "We can genuinely welcome people, accept them as part of our world, support them to have the same opportunities as us, and adapt to our increased diversity, or we can exclude them and await the social and economic consequences."