Anniversaries are always good occasions to critically evaluate the trajectory of extraordinary social and political happenings.
- In order to create a new democratic political order the initial transformation process needs even more participation and a democratic constituent power, argues political scientist Andrew Arato at Reset-Dialogues’ Istanbul Seminars. Democracy making is a consensual process with an active input from civil society groups, and not just from elites. In Egypt this constituent democratic form never really emerged yet, also because the Brotherhood allowed the military to impose its own rules, asking for quick elections in return.Andrew Arato is the Dorothy Hart Hirshon Professor of Political and Social Theory in the department of sociology at The New School University, New York City.
- The second Roundtable of Reset-Dialogues Istanbul Seminars 2012 (May 19-24 2012) “The promises of democracy in troubled times” took place on Sunday May 20th, 2012 at Istanbul Bilgi University. Former President of Iran, his Excellency Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, sent us his paper about Overcoming Postcolonialism: from the Civilizational Dispute to the Renewal of Dialogue. In this roundtable, Giuliano Amato, Giancarlo Bosetti, Alessandro Ferrara, Ali Khoshroo, Ramin Jahanbegloo and Roberto Toscano discussed this subject. The next roundtables will be screened online soon.More info about Istanbul Seminars 2012 here