Can Libya be a state under rule of law? Which conditions are needed to make it possible? What role can traditional family ties, relations between clans and the army as well as new generations have in the process of state-building?
The current political situation in Post-Soviet countries, primarily the Russian
Federation, raises questions about the cultural roots of today’s prevailing nationalist
political ideologies and behaviours. The international scientific community
has to overcome the lack of knowledge about Russia’s Post-Soviet
history, also in order to avoid the sheer repetition of old clichés – liberal
-western opinions versus a despotic-eastern world
How to develop democracy in Latin America or Africa, not just applying Western ideas but adapting local culture? Asks von Vacano: “if we understand theories across cultures we might be able to develop more permanent conceptions and constitutions that are democratic. Example: all inclusion of minorities – where already the ancient Athenian democracy model failed – Bolivia today has incorporated the indigenous groups, applying its cultural roots into democratic theory and constitution.”