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"Among the most insightful and important books written in the last decade on democracy and its current torments, because it also shows us a way out of the trap." - Jonathan Haidt


"Yascha Mounk explains the intellectual roots of our current focus on identity, what’s wrong with it, and how we can get back to belief in a shared humanity in an erudite yet easy-to-read account." - Francis Fukuyama

"Indispensable." - David French 


Yascha Mounk is an expert on the crisis of liberal democracy and the rise of populism.

The author of five books that have been translated into over ten languages, he is a Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Founder of Persuasion, and the host of "The Good Fight" podcast. Since April 2023, he also serves as a Publisher (Herausgeber) of Die Zeit.


As the host of "The Good Fight" podcast, Yascha interviews leading writers, thinkers and statesmen about their work and its implications for the defense of a free society.

Past guests have included Francis Fukuyama, George Packer, Anne Applebaum, Garry Kasparov, Noam Chomsky, Elif Shafak, and David Miliband. You can subscribe here.


Yascha is a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic, where he regularly writes about the rise of authoritarian populism and the need to defend philosophically liberal ideas—in the US and around the world. See his latest article below:


Fluent in English, German, French and Italian, Yascha is a frequent keynote speaker at high-profile events, and has provided commentary for leading radio and television programs, around the world.

Yascha has spoken at the United Nations, the World Bank, the United States Congress, the Department of State, the House of Commons, the Council of Europe, the European Union, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Economist 175th Anniversary Festival, the Asahi Shinbun Annual Festival, the Munhwa Future Report and the G30, among others.

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