Opinion Has It by Project Syndicate features conversations with leading economists, policymakers, authors, and researchers on the world’s most pressing issues. Tune in for biweekly analyses and insights with our host Elmira Bayrasli, Foreign Policy Interrupted co-founder and Project Syndicate contributor.
The Growing Threat of Far-Right Extremism | Cynthia Miller-Idriss
With the encouragement of leaders like Donald Trump, far-right extremism has gone mainstream in recent years. To mitigate the growing danger far-right groups pose, policymakers need to deepen their understanding of how these groups recruit members and mobilize supporters.
Joining this episode is Cynthia Miller-Idriss, a professor at American University. Cynthia is the director of the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab, and author of the new book, Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right.
The Legacy of Egypt’s Arab Spring | Michael Wahid Hanna
Ten years after a popular uprising overthrew a dictator, Egypt largely appears to be back where it started. Why were Egyptians’ democratic hopes dashed, and can they still be realized?
Here to discuss Egypt’s situation and prospects is Michael Hanna. Michael is a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and a non-resident fellow at the Reiss Center on Law and Security.
The Post-Brexit World Order | Timothy Garton Ash
Just as Brexit marked the end of an era, it marks the beginning of a new one. And there is plenty of reason for both the United Kingdom and the European Union to doubt that the new era will be better.
Here to discuss is Timothy Garton Ash, a Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford and a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is the author of ten books, including, most recently, a new edition of The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, & Prague.
US Foreign Policy after “America First” | Kori Schake
After four years of an “America first” foreign policy, President-elect Joe Biden wants the world to know that America is back. But will Biden and his foreign-policy team be able to restore America’s global standing – and the relative stability it once provided?
Kori Schake is the director of foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute. She previously served on the National Security Council under President George W. Bush, and in senior posts at the Pentagon and the State Department.
Repairing America’s Broken Social Compact | Danielle Allen
One issue links the political ructions and failures that have afflicted America in 2020: trust – or, rather, the lack thereof. Neither a COVID-19 vaccine nor a new president will solve this problem; only a new social compact can.
Our guest today is Danielle Allen, a political theorist and classicist. She is the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and the author of many popular books, including Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.
Could Vaccine Nationalism Prolong the Pandemic? | Tom Bollyky
With multiple producers touting promising results in late-stage trials of COVID-19 vaccine candidates, the end of the pandemic finally seems to be in sight. But rather than work together to produce and distribute vaccine doses, some governments are taking an every-country-for-itself approach – raising serious risks not only for public health, but also for the economic recovery and geopolitical stability.
Here to speak with us about these risks is Tom Bollyky. Tom is the director of the global health program at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the founder and managing editor of Think Global Health. He is the author of Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways.