Political science professor Sheri Berman recently took part in the TEDxNewYork conference, where she presented a talk on the fragile state of many democracies around the world. She argues that the troubles new democracies face have not so much to do with their specific histories or cultures, but more with the inherent difficulties of actually building stable democratic regimes. Watch the full video below:

Prof. Berman is a professor of political science. Her main interests include European politics and political history, democracy and democratization, globalization, and the history of the left. Her two books, The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe's Twentieth Century and The Social Democratic Moment: Ideas and Politics in the Making of Interwar Europe have examined the role played by social democracy in determining political outcomes in 20th-century Europe.