The Liberty & Responsibility Podcast explores the current challenges to liberal democracy and asks how we can best protect and renew the values and institutions necessary for a free society?
The podcast is part of the Program on Democratic Resilience and Development (PDRD) that bridges the worlds of research, education, and policy to understand and nurture the conditions free and responsible societies in Israel and around the world. PDRD is a partnership between the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy, Reichman University.
Dr. Amichai Magen is a Senior Lecturer, head of the MA Program in Diplomacy & Conflict Studies, and Director of the Program on Democratic Resilience and Development (PDRD) at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya. His academic research has been published in leading law, international relations, economics, and political science journals, […]
In this episode of the Liberty & Responsibility podcast, Amichai Magen and Kalypso Nicolaidis discuss their mutual quests to understand the nature of democracy, what makes democracies endure, adapt, or falter, and where efforts at democratic development might take us in the 21st century.
In this episode, Dr. Michael Signer and Dr. Amichai Magen engage in conversation with the three leading experts in the world on the topic of Militant Democracy: Professors Giovanni Capoccia (Oxford), Jan-Werner Muller (Princeton), and Daniel Ziblatt (Harvard). We ask what ideas, tools, and experiences can guide us in thinking about democratic self-defense? What can Israel learn from historical and comparative experiences in this regard?
In this episode of the podcast Amichai Magen and Emmanuel Navon discuss the current state of Israeli democracy and the relationship between Israel’s regime type and international alliances and status. They also discuss Emmanuel Navon’s latest book “The Star and the Scepter: A Diplomatic History of Israel”.
In this episode of the Liberty & Responsibility podcast, Francis Fukuyama and Amichai Magen explore how liberalism shaped the modern world, why it is now under severe attack from conservatives, progressives, and authoritarians, and how to rejuvenate liberal values and institutions in the 21st century. One of the most influential political thinkers of the modern era, Francis Fukuyama is a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), Stanford University. In his new book, Liberalism and its Discontents, Fukuyama offers a defense of classical liberal principles and calls for a revitalized liberalism suitable for 21st century global conditions.
In this episode of the Liberty & Responsibility Podcast, Dr. Amichai Magen speaks with veteran German politician, diplomat and author, Ret. State Secretary Michael Mertes, about the forces that have shaped German politics over the past several decades, the state of German democracy under Angela Merkel, and what might come next for Germany and Europe.
In this episode of the Liberty and Responsibility podcast, Dr. Amichai Magen and Dr. Maoz Rosenthal discuss the problem of govern-ability in Israeli democracy, the shifting politics of coalition-building, and whether the law should be changed to impose term limits on future Israeli prime ministers?
In this episode of the Liberty & Responsibility podcast, Dr. Amichai Magen speaks with the Time of Israel’s chief political correspondent, Haviv Rettig Gur. They discuss the political legacy of Benjamin Netanyahu, the new Israeli coalition government established by Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid, the changing role of ultra-Orthodox and Arab-Israeli political parties, and whether Israeli democracy is a classic case of accidental “spontaneous order”?
Promoting democracy abroad has been an ambition and a policy of the United States and the European Union for decades. But after multiple internal crises, do Americans and Europeans still possess the credibility and power to promote democracy in other parts of the world? With rising authoritarianism, should the US and EU shift their strategies from democracy promotion to democracy protection?
In this episode, Dr. Amichai Magen speaks with political theorist and former Director for Foreign Policy at the Israeli National Security Council, Dr. Shany Mor, about the surprising strengths and weaknesses of Israeli democracy.
Can Liberalism and Nationalism co-exist, or are the two sets of ideas fundamentally contradictory? If Liberal Nationalism is possible, could it also be the answer to the dual threats of Tribalist identity politics, on the one hand, and unaccountable Globalism, on the other hand? In this episode of the Liberty & Responsibility Podcast, Paul Gross and Amichai Magen discuss these questions, and more.
In this episode of the Liberty & Responsibility Podcast, Amichai Magen talks with Professor Helena Rosenblatt about her fascinating new book: The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century.
What is modernity? How is our world different from that of our ancestors? Why did sustained economic growth, individuality and political freedom first emerge in nineteenth-century Europe and not twelfth-century China? And can the miracle of modernity last? Amichai Magen and Stephen Davies discuss Davies’s new book The Wealth Explosion – The Nature and Origins of Modernity.
In this episode of the Liberty & Responsibility Podcast, Amichai Magen talks with Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Larry Diamond, about his new book: Ill Winds – Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency.
In this episode of the Liberty & Responsibility Podcast, Amichai Magen and Ralf Füchs (author and founder of the Center for Liberal Modernity) explore the meaning of Liberalism, its current crisis, and whether Liberalism can be reinvented to provide effective answers to humanity’s greatest challenges in the twenty-first century.
In his new book Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, Swedish author and film-maker, Johan Norberg, hits back at the merchants of misery who try to persuade us all that we live in a dangerous, mean, unhappy, and doomed world and that the West is to blame for it all. In this episode of the Liberty & Responsibility Podcast, Amichai Magen and Johan Norberg talk about the 200-year miracle that has transformed human existence, mostly for the better.
In this episode of the Liberty & Responsibility Podcast, Amichai Magen speaks with Richard Youngs (Professor of International Relations at Warwick University and Senior Fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Europe) about Young’s new book Europe Reset: New Directions for the European Union.