FOCUS / Autocracy: The Modern Dictatorship

FOCUS / Autocracy: The Modern Dictatorship

Dictators in the 20th century no longer rely on an official ideology to repress their populations: they present and disguise themselves as defenders of the people on social media and in the news. Instead of defeatism, Sergei Guriev, Professor and Director of Research at the Sciences Po Department of Economics, explains that democracy is a right that people do want, and one that must be built in the territory of information- tweet by tweet. Watch the episode above.

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Basic Relationships Between Epidemic, Economy, and Inequalities

Basic Relationships Between Epidemic, Economy, and Inequalities

The public debate on the current economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic has focused on rich countries. But how is this crisis truly “global”? What are the current inequalities with developing countries? Here is an overview with Jérôme Sgard, Professor of Political Economy at the Centre for International Studies (CERI) at Sciences Po and specialist in the construction and regulation of markets.

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A Conversation on Political Theory

A Conversation on Political Theory

Astrid von Busekist and Michael Walzer recently published a book entitled Penser la justice. Itinéraire du savoir. To be published in English in December 2020 under the title Justice is Steady Work, this book is a conversation between two thinkers on some of the main themes explored by Michael Walzer throughout his career. Astrid von Busekist, Professor of Political Theory at Sciences Po, accepted to answer our questions and present this thought-provoking dialogue.

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Fariba Adelkhah Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Fariba Adelkhah Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

On Saturday, 16 March 2020, we learned that Fariba Adelkhah, researcher of Sciences Po’s Centre for International Studies (CERI), who has faced imprisonment in Iran for now almost a year, has been sentenced to six years in prison by the 15th Chamber of the Tehran Court.

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Covid-19: A Natural Disaster?

Covid-19: A Natural Disaster?

The Covid-19 pandemic has proliferated across media and discussion under a number of different titles: "sanitary crisis", "health emergency", "natural disaster"... What consequences are there to this selective framing of the situation, and what can it tell us about the nature of the global response? Interview with Sandrine Revet, anthropologist and leader of the Disasters and Risks seminar at CERI Sciences Po, and author of Disasterland: An Ethnography of the International Disaster Community

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Fear in the Time of Pandemic

Fear in the Time of Pandemic

Along with the spread of the Covid-19 virus, a growing fear is propagating throughout our societies. The Conversation asked five experts to explain the current crisis as seen from their field of research. Discover their psychological, political, and health perspectives on the situation in these brief articles.

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How the health crisis is blurring lines between science, politics and society

How the health crisis is blurring lines between science, politics and society

Since the beginning of the current health crisis, scientists have been in the spotlight, as governments rely on their recommendations to consolidate their decisions. Thus summoned as experts, also by the media, they find themselves both placed in collective responsibility, as is the case with the scientific council mobilised around the French government, and exposed individually. They also constitute a reference point for citizens to gradually build up an understanding of the situation. The role of science within society and in relation to the major political decisions that have to be made is thus extremely active, in various configurations, and subject to multiple pressures. What questions does this situation raise during the crisis? And what can be anticipated as longer-term consequences for the relationship between science and politics?

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