The history of the Balkans and former Yugoslavia is complex. The region consists of different ethnic groups as well as different religions, and it has been war-torn for a significant part of history. Sanimir Resić, a historian with expert knowledge of the region, untangles this complex narrative for us, as well as predicting future scenarios for the ex-Yugoslavia countries.
Surrounded by China, Russia, Europe, and the Middle East, lies Central Asia. The region consists of five post-Soviet states that became independent against their will 30 years ago. Johan Engvall, an analyst at the Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies, has built up his expertise on these countries over several decades. He describes the current political, economic, and conflictual situation, and predicts how different future scenarios may unfold.
Sarah Haider went from being a devout Muslim girl in Pakistan to being one of the most well-known atheists in the world, as the co-founder of Ex-Muslims of North America. She has seen with her own eyes how horrible many dissenters and apostates are treated by their religious community and she has devoted her career to make a change. She talks about the reality facing Ex-Muslims, the security threats against her personally, the problem with the word Islamophobia and what she hopes to achieve with her organization.
He is one of Sweden’s strongest voices when it comes to humanism, secularism and rational thinking. Christer Sturmark is the founder of the publishing house Fri Tanke, which operates in the spirit of the Enlightenment. He has for many years debated pseudoscientists and advocates of religious influence in politics. His new book is called To Light the Flame of Reason.
Anthony Magnabosco is a guru of Street Epistemology – a conversation method which is used to investigate the reasons people have for believing something is true, just by asking questions. The interest of watching him practice Street Epistemology with random people is big, proven by the fact that his YouTube channel has more than 50 000 subscribers
Rebecca Goldstein has a Ph.D. in philosophy of science from Princeton University and is the author of ten books. In this article she analyzes the relationship between science and philosophy, gives evidence of the progress of philosophy and discusses religion, morality and intellectual maturity.