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KQV Global Press Conference
A New Dawn? Egypt Post Revolution
May 19, 2013
This half-hour radio program will feature H.E. Mohamed M. Tawfik, Egyptian Ambassador to the United States. He will discuss "A New Dawn? Egypt Post Revolution" with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.
U.S. - Japan Now:
Economic and Global Corporate Strategies
May 23, 2013
In partnership with the World Affairs Council and the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania presents a high-level luncheon event focusing on the future economic outlook for Japan and the United States - and how economic, political, and security concerns may impact the global business of both countries. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear about Hitachi America, Ltd. corporate strategies from Hitachi's Chairman.
Reflections on the Boston Marathon Bombing
Defending the Indefensible: The Militarization of the Civilian Realm Since 9/11
May 28, 2013
The attack in Boston is a sobering reminder of the nexus between public safety, national security, and personal liberty. How should Americans respond to tragedies like Boston? In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, join the Council and a veteran journalist for a timely discussion on safeguarding our civilians and what it means to be safe in the United States.
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The Battle Between Democracy and Dictatorship: Are Dictators Getting Smarter?
William J. Dobson
July 17, 2012
Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
As the Arab Spring unfolded during 2011, new attention was brought to the changing face of authoritarian rule. Strongmen like former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi once dominated the political landscape in the Middle East and North Africa — but now have joined a cache of toppled regime leaders. Yet autocratic leaders such as Venezuelan President Hugo Chaves, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, and Russian President Vladimir Putin remain in relative control — having adapted their style of rule to avoid ceding absolute power.
How do dictators’ behaviors change over time? How is their grip on power executed differently now than in the past? Are dictators and autocrats getting smarter? William Dobson’s much-anticipated new book, The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy, proposes that democracy — albeit of an illegitimate variety — has become the new standard in authoritarian rulers’ playbook for retaining power. As recent years have seen a host of rigged elections and inadequate polling practices, Mr. Dobson’s book is set against a backdrop of real-world vignettes, ranging from South America to Southeast Asia. At a moment in history when toppled dictators are being replaced with fledgling democracies, join us for a discussion about how some authoritarian regimes have constructed a new place for themselves in the international order.
Click here to listen to William J. Dobson's recent interview with Jian Ghomeshi on Q!
William J. Dobson is the Politics and Foreign Affairs Editor for Slate Magazine. Previously, he served as the managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dobson served as Senior Editor for Asia for Newsweek International and as Associate Editor at Foreign Affairs. His international politics articles and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Foreign Policy. He has provided commentary and analysis on international politics for ABC, CNN, CBS, MSNBC, and NPR. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. He received his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Middlebury College.
Cash bar. Drink Specials! Appetizers will be served.
Participants must register to attend. No-shows and cancellations after July 12, 2012 will be charged.
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