Together with his friend from Harvard, Tobias Cremer, Alex will be giving a lecture on "The Decline of the Occident?" at the Cambridge University Institute on Religion and International Studies on May 17th. Here is more about the event.
Alex published a booklet on the implications AI will have on society. He is especially looking into current narratives of work and how they may be challenged by the changes at hand. The publication was made possible by the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications. For this book Alex interviewed icons of the digital age such as Vint Cerf, Martin Rees, Luciano Floridi, Andrew McAfee, and Pascal Finette. Here is the Link to download the publication for free: http://www.vodafone-institut.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Vodafone-Institute_-Entering_a_new_era.pdf
On May 4th Alex will be delivering a lecture on media in the age of fake news and alternative facts. Liberal societies are under threat when their media is attacked.
What will the role of Europe be in the world, squeezed in between the US of Donald Trump and China of Xi Jinping? Alex will be delivering a speech on that topic on April 18th in Vienna.
Alex will deliver a lecture about the return of religious and nationalistic narratives to the global stage. In many countries ruling governments and new right-wing, populist groups alike emphasise a religious and/or ethnic component of their identity. By doing so they deliberately take the alienation of the minorities in their countries in account. For global affairs this assertion of one own's superiority leads in consequence to the end of a prosperous, peaceful era of collaboration that the world has seen since the end of WWII.
The day US-president Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act issued by the Congress of the United States, this op-ed was published in the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard. Alex argues that Western democracies have to realise they are competing with the People's Republic of China for global leadership in the 21st century. The decision by the White House to support Taiwan in its quest for preserving its autonomy needs to be backed by all democracies, Alex claims in his essay.
Alex will deliver a speech on media in the age of populism in Taipei on March 10th, by invitation of the Fair Winds Foundation. As the founder and the former editor-in-chief (2009-2016) of the debate magazine The European Alex has become an astute observer of the European media scene and the debate culture it deploys. Alex will share his insights and put it into context with the rise of populist all across the Western world.
Alex will be delivering a lecture on politics and religion on the global stage on March 16 at the S. Rajarantam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In this "Age of Identity", as Alex calls the current time, religion has re-entered the stage in all parts of the world as tool for division.
Alex published a new opinion piece for Neue Zürcher Zeitung on the state of affairs in Turkey. He argues that almost half of the population has not voted for Mr Erdogan in the last election and the constitutional referendum. This large part of the population has been silenced in the aftermath of the alleged coup in the summer of 2016. It is the responsibility of all democracies to strengthen the people of Turkey that still support democracy and the republic. Do not give up on Turkey!
Can sport help overcome differences? While the Winter Olympic take place in South Korea people all across the peninsula and beyond hope for a new period of rapprochement between the North and the South. Alex remembers the World Cup of 1990, which took place shortly after the Berlin Wall came down and reunited the Germans that had been separated since the end of WWII.
Alex participated in the Burda Publishing House annual conference DLD, laying out his thoughts of the current "age of identity" as he frames it. The panel took place on January, 21st. You find the whole discussion here.
An excerpt from the text:
"Through history, the stories of Christianity and Islam have drifted further and further apart, and both religions have long moved away from the geographic contours of their antique realms. The majority of Christians now live on the American continent, and the majority of Muslims are in Malaysia and Indonesia. Rome, Jerusalem and Mecca retain their importance in the globalised state of the world religions. The burden of history weighs heavy; beneath this weight, the narratives of irreconcilability have migrated and have become entrenched in the new world.
A new approach to each other from the West and the East, from the Occident and the Orient, must form the start of a new chapter, a new narrative of the cultures which live around the Mediterranean. In the era of identity, it is the equal duty of the West and East to formulate an offer that doesn’t proffer salvation by repeating the stereotypes and demonisation of the past. Only in that way can they both stand the test of time."
Joining the program for the second time, Alex was invited to discuss with host Gavin Phipps and a further guest, Chieh-Ting Yeh of Ketagalan Media, current issues in regard to Taiwan. On this week's agenda are the amendment to the labor laws and the recent provocations by the People's Republic of China against the liberal democracy on the island. You can listen to the show here.
In his recent op-ed for the NYTimes "Is Angela Merkel Done For?" Alex lays out the state of the coalition talks in Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel has not yet managed to form a new government after the election in late September 2017. As she blew up the coalition talks with the Liberals and the Greens in late November, she was only repeating her mistakes from the last election 2013 where she was incapable of forming a government with the Greens. Now she trying to take refugee, again, in a so-called Grand Coalition. The voters are not enthusiastic about this. Therefore, Alex argues, Merkel's tenure is over and she should step aside sooner rather than later in order to give her party the opportunity to get itself sorted and ready for the future.
Alex will be a panelist at this year's DLD Conference in January in Munich. DLD is the digital conference by German publishing house Hubert Burda Media. The gathering of the "Who is Who" of the digital hemisphere has established itself as the leading conference on all things digital. Alex' will be participating in the discussion about "reconquering democracy".
Alex will be holding a lecture at the City University of Hong Kong on November 14th. Subject is the global rise of populist movements, most of which highlight religion as part of their exclusionist narratives.
In his op-ed for the Taipei Times Alex elaborates on the question whether China may be invading Taiwan at any point soon. In the verge of the Communist Party's Congress in Beijing these days there has been much debate about this in Taiwanese media. Alex provides a European view on the subject matter in his piece.
Taking the stance that Catalonia and Taiwan are not in the slightest to be compared with one another, Alex spoke to IRCT, Radio Taipei, about the independence movement that threatens the stability of the European Union. The movement in Catalonia has gained some sympathy in Taiwan. You find the interview here, starting at almost about 29'50".