Yascha Mounk

Fellow, Political Reform Program

Yascha Mounk is a fellow in New America's Political Reform program and a lecturer on Government at Harvard University. He is currently working on a book about the crisis of liberal democracy, arguing that a recent rise in technocratic governance is already leading to a dangerous populist backlash in both North America and Western Europe. Mounk’s first book is Stranger in My Own Country, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and he has written for the New York Times, TheWall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, Slate, CNN and Die Zeit.


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POLITICAL REFORM
Trump and the Alt-Right Are Not the Real America

After the events in Charlottesville, Yascha Mounk reflected on observing a neo-Nazi rally as a Jewish kid growing up in Germany for Slate.


POLITICAL REFORM
Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum talks about how authoritarians take power, the threat of social media, and the first six months of Trump's presidency.


POLITICAL REFORM
The Past Week Proves That Trump Is Destroying Our Democracy

Yascha Mounk wrote for The New York Times Opinion Pages about why the we should be worried about US democracy and why the time to act is now


POLITICAL REFORM
Authoritarian by Instinct

Yascha Mounk wrote about whether Trump is becoming a dangerous authoritarian for Slate's The Good Fight.


POLITICAL REFORM
A Constitutional Crisis Is Inevitable

Yascha Mounk talks about the inevitability of a constitutional crisis on Slate's The Good Fight.


POLITICAL REFORM
Keep Calm, but Do Something

Yascha Mounk wrote about our new, confusing nonchalance in the face of terror attacks for Slate's The Good Fight.


POLITICAL REFORM
Tyranny by Blunder

Yascha Mounk wrote for Slate's The Good Fight blog about whether the Trumps are political masterminds.


POLITICAL REFORM
George Packer

Yascha Mounk talks to George Packer about why none of the dominant narratives of American identity can bind us together.


POLITICAL REFORM
Mark Blyth

Yascha Mounk talks to Mark Blyth about the economic drivers of populism, how to create a more equal society, and failures of the Eurozone.


POLITICAL REFORM
Forget Michigan

Yascha Mounk wrote for Slate about Democratic strategy going forward.


POLITICAL REFORM
Jeremy Corbyn’s Shot

Yascha Mounk wrote for Slate about how the results of the early election in Britain will factor into Brexit negotiations


POLITICAL REFORM
Brian Klaas

Yascha Mounk talks to Brian Klaas about how to save democratic norms at home and promote democratic rule abroad.