Alex Kirshner, KIE Senior Fellow and Assistant Professor in Duke’s Department of Political Science, will be speaking October 22nd as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00-1:30 in room 101, West Duke Building.
Opponents of self-government can use democratic institutions to undermine democratic regimes. This was an ancient critique of popular government and it continues to drive debates today-for example, concerning the wisdom of banning Salafist parties in Egypt and Tunisia. Kirshner’s talk will examine how democracies can respond to antidemocratic challenges. He will outline a framework for evaluating democracies’ efforts to defend themselves and develop the implications of that framework through an examination of a real-world case.