By Nik Taylor, Flinders University The traditional point of view in western intellectual thought – and one which is reflected in our own day-to–day views – is that of human exceptionalism, or anthropocentrism: the belief that humans are the central and most important beings on the...

By Selen Ercan, Jean-Paul Gagnon Mark Chou argued in Monday’s Understanding Politics blog that crises can be good for democracy. In this second reply, Selen A. Ercan and Jean-Paul Gagnon extend Mark’s proposal and argue that crisis can be good for democracy but only if it triggers long-term responses that reinforce rather than undermine democracy’s...

China’s rise has been the most important global event since the end of the Cold War and has led to forecasts that it is destined to rule the world. Following the publication of his latest book, Jonathan Fenby will argue that while the People’s Republic...

By Mark Chou In The Confidence Trap, probably one of the most talked about books on democracy written in recent years, David Runciman tackles what he calls the history of democracy in crisis. Like the GFC which consumed global financial markets, democracy too has been embroiled its...

Lecture with SDN visiting fellow, Chee Soon Juan (Secretary-General, Singapore Democratic Party), June 2014 With planning already underway for Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations to begin in early 2015, the country has much to celebrate since its independence from British rule. A prosperous island state, with a...

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