The World Dissected: Political Discussions

The World Dissected: Political Discussions

Noam Chomsky once wrote, ‘We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders.’ But when we trace the trajectories of modern politics, the casualties of policy, law and rule are far from few. This series examines the legacies, travesties, successes and failures of various political factions from across the globe, and the stories of those who have risked everything to resist. Can we learn from past mistakes? And will we ever find a political solution which truly safeguards the rights of the most vulnerable in society?

 

Reading the World

Saturday 13 August 15:00 - 15:30

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Can writers give us a fresh perspective on global and local issues? Each afternoon a leading writer discusses books, research and ideas confronting this time of uncertainty and change.
 

Reading the World

Sunday 14 August 15:00 - 15:30

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Can writers give us a fresh perspective on global and local issues? Each afternoon a leading writer discusses books, research and ideas confronting this time of uncertainty and change.
 

Yascha Mounk: Is Liberal Democracy in Crisis?

Monday 15 August 12:15 - 13:15

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Throughout history, liberal democracy has been placed at risk when groups either dominate a society or become increasingly divided. In a multicultural world, how do we build common ground? Academic Yascha Mounk is known for critical thinking on the rise...
 

Frank Dikötter: Rise of a Superpower

Monday 15 August 14:30 - 15:30

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Since the death of Chairman Mao in 1976, China has radically reformed. But the result has been uneven, creating real economic growth and global political influence, but also reinforcing the one-party state’s grip over its vast population. Launching...
 

Reading the World

Monday 15 August 15:00 - 15:30

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Can writers give us a fresh perspective on global and local issues? Each afternoon a leading writer discusses books, research and ideas confronting this time of uncertainty and change.
 

Reading the World

Tuesday 16 August 15:00 - 15:30

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Can writers give us a fresh perspective on global and local issues? Each afternoon a leading writer discusses books, research and ideas confronting this time of uncertainty and change.
 

Reading the World

Wednesday 17 August 15:00 - 15:30

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Can writers give us a fresh perspective on global and local issues? Each afternoon a leading writer discusses books, research and ideas confronting this time of uncertainty and change.
 

John Kay: The Cost of Change

Wednesday 17 August 19:30 - 20:30

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If Scotland is to become an independent country, it has three options for currency: adopt the euro, keep the pound sterling or create a new Scottish currency – and each has its own limitations. Leaving a financial union and creating an entirely new...
 

Devi Sridhar: How to Prevent (Another) Pandemic

Thursday 18 August 11:30 - 12:30

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As both chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh and a highly effective social media communicator, Professor Devi Sridhar became an invaluable resource for many in the early days of the pandemic, and a household name across the...