Ten years after the Arab Spring, the change promised by that fateful season has been minimal at best. The common thread moving through Arab society in this third millennium is precisely the overall feeling of incompletion, making any prospect of economic revival more dismal due to the arrival of a lethal health crisis. This timely publication, the product of a two day conference held in December 2020, aims to bring together some of the best minds in reflection on the past decade of stumbles and obstacles in the Arab world and what hope does the Tunisian Exception hold for the future.
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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
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This video is a recording of the 2nd panel of the conference “The Divided Society After November 3rd” held on the 23rd and 24th of November 2020 in collaboration with the Centro Studi Americani and the Italian Academy at Columbia University. In contemporary democracies, conflict over the correct policy responses to everything from the Covid-19 pandemic, economic inequality, and ethnic diversity continues unabated. In the United States in particular, this conflict has sown profound divisions between the actors of the staunch two-party system, which are not only political but have taken on a distinctly cultural hue. As the 2020 presidential election results and recent events have clearly illustrated, this divide is deeply entrenched in the political landscape and does not show signs of easing.
Relationships among national and international institutions and religious organizations and communities color politics, governance expectations, and daily life in much of the world. The upheavals of the COVID-19 crisis have cast new light on perennial issues of ethics and belief fundamental for institutions and processes of governance. As we move into an unsettling post-COVID-19 era, global religious and interfaith networks aspire to revitalized roles in advancing global agendas. Many questions will arise along the path, including how religious ideals are framed and how contested questions—theological, philosophical, and practical—are to be addressed.
In this round table, speakers will discuss how misinformation among citizens is becoming an increasingly serious problem for all societies, due to the spreading effects of social networks, which can amplify the circulation of falsehoods. In addition, cable news networks promoting misinformation and “alternative facts” have found a foothold in the United States and are starting to spread across the Atlantic.
Reset DOC presents a round table to discuss the currently shifting paradigms in the Middle East and North Africa. From tremors within the Jordanian monarchy to Libya’s fragile peace, Lebanon’s absentee ruling class and Algeria’s struggle to move on from Bouteflika. What is at stake for the region after a decade of faltering change. Will the new geopolitical shifts allow for more breathing room for democracy to flourish or do we return to the status quo by another name?