Differences of opinion are the lifeblood of universities and essential to advancing knowledge. But some universities are giving in to intimidation by cancelling events with controversial speakers.
Tom Nichols' book The Death of Expertise examines why the relationship between experts and citizens in a democracy is collapsing, and what can be done about it.
Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron went head-to-head in the final debate before the second round of voting on May 7.
Politicians often mould historical fact to suit their needs, but the current PM would rather just forget the past altogether.
Politics and religion at the dinner table, over Christmas with all the relatives – what could possibly go wrong?
While the US is reeling from rampant fake online news, political movements in Europe are using the internet as a powerful democratic symbol to win elections. Will cyber-optimism or pessimism win?
The backlash against the singer's warm words for Theresa May are a reminder of a certain kind of intolerance.
In a time of hunger and violence, Venezuela's proposed peace talks are narrowly focused on power distribution. But where's the seat for the countries citizens?
What can future politicians learn from the president-elect's social media presence while on the campaign trail?
The narrative Donald Trump has played during the campaign is that the elites who have abandoned him or disagree with him are all part of the establishment he seeks to destroy.
Social media is a key platform for public debate. But that doesn't mean it's necessarily good.
Scholars from the Washington University in St. Louis react to the second presidential debate.
Most pundits called Hillary Clinton the winner the first debate against Donald Trump. The snap polls say otherwise. An expert on emotional intelligence explains what the pundits missed.
South Africa needs to build a mental infrastructure that will allow people to individually and collectively engage in a bold, courageous and trutfhul dialogue.
A shocking incident has raised concerns about the tone of political debate in the UK and especially the role of the internet.
Why has the political debate become such an uninspiring event today? It's difficult to find someone political who wants to genuinely argue for their position.
We may believe that Australians are disengaged from the political process, but that may be because we're not looking in the right places.
The university should be the bastion of the right to free expression in the promotion of democracy, and has a moral and ethical obligation to provide spaces for fierce debate and critical engagement.
We need political and civil society leaders to reflect on the language that they use, and to strive to shape a civic narrative with which we can all engage.
The debate over the debates rages on, and the broadcasters' decision to widen the field could have unexpected consequences.