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Bridging, Bonding & Social Media Preserving Democracy

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Centenary Lecture Series: Unalienable Rights and the Democratic World’s Competitive Advantages

In this event, part of the Chatham House Centenary Lecture Series, General HR McMaster considers the competitive advantages of open societies and defences against authoritarianism.

How can the US and other liberal democracies broker global relationships that foster cooperation? What could happen if the US withdraws from global relationships and China and Russia step in? What role do the private sector and academia play in defending liberal democracy? And how does the COVID-19 pandemic change the way open societies can compete on the world stage?

Chatham House is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading policy institutes. Based in London, it provides rigorous and independent analysis on how to build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.


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Human Rights Committee 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Larchmont Mamaroneck Human Rights Committee in partnership with LMC Media Present the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration!

This year we celebrate local groups who took action in 2020 in response to the pandemic and social injustice.

The Community Resource Center
The Coalition for Community
CURE
The Food Pantry or Hunger Task Force
Larchmont Friends of the Family
The Larchmont/Mamaroneck League of Women Voters
Indivisible Larchmont/Mamaroneck
LMC Media
Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center
Larchmont/Mamk Summit
Masks 4 Money
Masks4NY
Racial Equity Task Force
Jeffrey King
Reverend Lisa Mason
The STEM Alliance
Shedding Light



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The Future of Afghanistan: Perspectives from Central Asia & Iran

Central Asia and Iran, as Afghanistan’s immediate neighbours, arguably have the most to gain from peace and stability in Afghanistan, not only in terms of security — but also increased regional connectivity, trade and development. Conversely, if the Afghan peace process fails and results in a hostile takeover by Islamist forces — they also stand to lose considerably, given their geographical proximity, and historically shared cultural and religious links, and ethnic affiliations with Afghanistan. While the involvement of Central Asian states in Afghan affairs has remained limited to investing in infrastructure development and providing diplomatic support to the Afghan government, instability in Afghanistan continues to be a serious security concern for the region. In the case of Iran too, it’s reported affinity with the Taliban and troubled ties with the United States notwithstanding, the growing threat of Islamic State/Daesh militants establishing a substantial presence in Afghanistan, remains a persisting concern.

Can Iran set aside its longstanding rivalry with the US, and use its ties with the Taliban as a point of leverage in favour of a sustainable solution to the conflict in Afghanistan?

Organised by Observer Research Foundation in collaboration with Her Afghanistan, this webinar will explore how Iran and the Central Asian states of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan view the unfolding security and political situation on the ground in Afghanistan, and the ways in which it implicates each of them.

Speakers:
Ahmad Shuja Jamal, Director General for International Affairs and Regional Cooperation, Office of the National Security Council, Afghanistan
Akramjon Nematov, First Deputy Director, Institute of Strategic & Regional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan
Sultan Akimbekov, Director, Institute of Asian Studies, Kazakhstan
Anahita Saymidinova, Reporter, Iran International TV Channel, Tajikistan
Adnan Tabatabai, Co-founder & CEO, Centre for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient

Moderators:
Mariam Wardak, Founder, Her Afghanistan
Kabir Taneja, Fellow, ORF

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Bridging, Bonding & Social Media Preserving Democracy

Asha Rangappa is the Director of Admissions and a Senior Lecturer at the Yale University Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. A lawyer and national security specialist, she explains the impact that social media has had on the institutions and laws of our world. Hosted by the World Affairs Forum at the Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT, on 3/13/19. For more information, visit worldaffairsforum.org.
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Soziologie#Webcast: Demokratie und Religion! Religion oder Demokratie?

Das Verhältnis von Demokratie und Religion wird aktuell in Österreich kontrovers diskutiert. Können Religion und säkulare Demokratie miteinander in Einklang gebracht werden? Oder sind es vielmehr bestimmte Religionen, insbesondere der Islam, denen mangelnde Demokratiefähigkeit vorgeworfen wird? Im Soziologie#Webcast erkunden drei ExpertInnen die Quellen des Spannungsverhältnisses zwischen Demokratie und Religion, die Rolle von Religionen in und gegen Demokratisierung und die Gründe, warum der Begriff des „politischen Islam“ ein schlechter Ausgangspunkt für die öffentliche Debatte ist. Es diskutieren der weltbekannte Religionssoziologe und Ehrendoktor der Universität Innsbruck José Casanova (Georgetown University) und der Innsbrucker Theologe Wolfgang Palaver. Moderation: Kristina Stoeckl.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Conversation with Keynote Speaker Asha Rangappa

Asha Rangappa, senior lecturer at Yale University and former FBI counterintelligence Special Agent, sees the rise and impact of disinformation in America as a symptom of an increase in tribalism within our society. She and host Rocky Dhir sit down at the State Bar’s 2019 Annual Meeting to discuss how we came to this point; how, if left unchecked, this could undermine our democracy; and how we can still come together to protect ourselves and our country.

Asha Rangappa is a senior lecturer at the Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a former associate dean at Yale Law School, and formerly a special agent in the New York Division of the FBI, specializing in counterintelligence investigations.

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Ashoka Live: Recommitting to Democracy with Eric Liu

No matter the outcome of the election, these last years have revealed just how fragile our democracy and democratic institutions are. Strengthening them starts with culture, and requires all of us to play a part.

Join us for a conversation with Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University – a community that fosters a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship through Civic Saturdays, sworn-again ceremonies, and other creative civic rituals.

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Nancy L. Rosenblum: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy

Conspiracy theory has always been with us, but today it is taking dangerous new forms that threaten democracy. “The new conspiracism” assaults common sense, increases political extremism, and, especially when condoned by elected officials, becomes a malignant force in American life. Nancy L. Rosenblum, who is Senator Joseph Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government emerita at Harvard University, addresses this crisis, drawing on ideas in her book A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy.

24th Annual Irving Howe Memorial Lecture

Presented with the Center for the Humanities on November 20, 2019. Part of the series “The Promise and Perils of Democracy.”

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Daniel Ziblatt: Is Democracy in Danger?

Warning signs are on the rise for democracies all over the world: in Europe, in Central and South America and even here in the United States. While revolution or a military coup is often the death knell for democracy, according to Harvard University’s Daniel Ziblatt, democratic political systems can also simply wither away through the slow and steady weakening of key institutions and the erosion of political norms. Today, there are a growing number of countries where judicial independence, free and fair elections and a free press are being challenged. Which nations may be at greatest risk for authoritarianism? Is the world's oldest democracy really in danger? Ziblatt will discuss how democratic institutions are being systematically undermined by elected leaders, and what can be done about it.

Daniel Ziblatt is the Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University. He recently published “How Democracies Die,” co-authored by Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University.

SPEAKER:
Daniel Ziblatt
Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, Center for European Studies, Harvard University

MODERATOR:
Jane Wales
CEO, World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, The Aspen Institute

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Connected Humans

Was Covid-19 the ultimate wake-up call about how we live on planet earth?

Looking at the effect on the environment of a near-stoppage of the world’s economies, the first lecture explores emerging perspectives and some of the guiding principles about surviving and thriving when we have a greater understanding of nature. These experiences are used to throw light on how some of the traditions of indigenous peoples mirror our scientific understanding of how the natural world functions.

A lecture by Jacqueline McGlade

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:


Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

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NATO 2030: Today’s Alliance Readying for Tomorrow’s Challenges

Amb. Baiba Braže, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO HQ
The Hon. Attila Mesterházy, President, NATO Parliamentary Assembly & Member, Hungarian National Assembly
The Hon. Gerry Connolly, Head of U.S. Delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly & Member, U.S. House of Representatives

Moderator: Bruno Lété, Senior Fellow for Security & Defense, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

The global world order that we know is changing, and its foundations are being challenged. NATO has made it clear that it intends to play its part in protecting a rules-based order. To do so NATO must adapt, ensuring that the Alliance is prepared to face the challenges brought by tomorrow. In this regard, NATO must stay strong militarily, be more united politically, and take a broader approach globally. Threats involve Russia’s continuous tests on Allies and partners, as well as emerging threats, in the cyber, space, 5G telecommunications networks, disinformation, and climate change. Additionally, the rise of China presents new concerns for the future of the Alliance. To remain strong NATO must maintain a technological edge and preserve the resilience of the Allies’ democratic societies. The discussion will explore these issues pertaining to the future of NATO. It will also be an opportunity to present the conclusions of a NATO Parliamentary Assembly Resolution in support of NATO 2030, a process launched by Allied leaders to reflect on where the Alliance should stand ten years from now

U.S.-China Relations Post-Coronavirus

This event is part of The China Series sponsored by The Institute of World Politics.

About the lecture: Dr. Spalding will discuss the origins of the pandemic, implications for US-China economic and other relations, and the state of play in 5G.

About the speaker: Dr. Robert S. Spalding III (Brigadier General, USAF Ret.) is a national security policy strategist, and globally recognized for his knowledge of Chinese economic competition and influence, as well as for his ability to forecast global trends and develop innovative solutions. He has served in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years, retiring as brigadier general. He was the chief architect for the Trump Administration’s widely praised National Security Strategy (NSS), and the Senior Director for Strategy to the President at the National Security Council.

Dr. Spalding has written extensively on national security matters. His book, STEALTH WAR: HOW CHINA TOOK OVER WHILE AMERICA’S ELITE SLEPT (Portfolio; 2019) is an executive summary of his almost decade-long work countering Chinese Communist Party influence. It has been translated into additional languages. His academic papers and editorial work are frequently published and cited, both nationally and internationally. His Air Power Journal article on America’s Two Air Forces is frequently used in the West Point curriculum. He has been interviewed about the economy and national security on FOX News, BBC, OAN and CNBC, as well as numerous radio and YouTube channels, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Spalding is a skilled combat leader and a seasoned diplomat. Under Dr. Spalding’s leadership, the 509th Operations Group—the nation’s only B-2 Stealth Bomber unit—experienced unprecedented technological and operational advances. Dr. Spalding’s demonstrated acumen for solving complex technological issues to achieve operational success was demonstrated when he led a low-cost rapid-integration project for a secure global communications capability in the B-2, achieving tremendous results at almost no cost to the government. As commander, he led forces in the air and on the ground in Libya and Iraq. He is a former China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, as well as having served as the senior defense official and defense attaché in Beijing. During the UUV Incident of 2016, Dr. Spalding averted a diplomatic crisis by negotiating with the Chinese PLA for the return of the UUV, without the aid of a translator.

Dr. Spalding’s relationship with business leaders, fostered during his time as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, allowed him to recommend pragmatic solutions to complex foreign policy and national security issues, now driving positive economic outcomes for the nation. Dr. Spalding’s groundbreaking work on competition in Secure 5G has reset the global environment for the next phase of the information age.

Dr. Spalding is an Olmsted Scholar, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C., as well as a Senior Associate Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society of London. He has lectured globally, including engagements at European Cybersec 2019, KAS-ASPI, the Naval War College, National Defense University, Air War College, Columbia University, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and other Professional Military Educational institutions. Dr. Spalding holds a doctorate in economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He was a distinguished graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey and speaks both Chinese Mandarin and Spanish.

Social Media, Free Speech, and Censorship (10/28 Senate Hearings)

In this October 28 update I go over stimulus at the end, but before that I talk about issues of free speech on the Internet. I go over what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Alphabet (parent company of Google and YouTube) CEO Sundar Pichai face today in a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee. I tell you what the chair of this committee, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, feels that large social media companies are doing to conservative voices.

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Danielle Allen | Education and Equality (Tanner Lecture 2)

The topic of education now has a form unimaginable in earlier eras of human history. The era of nation-building linked mass education with state power in unprecedented ways. The processes by which political authorities established universal or compulsory education began in Europe only in the 17th century, and in the US were completed only in 1918, when the last of the states then in the Union made education, up through age 16 at least, compulsory. In this country, we are, in other words, still in the first century of state-backed mass education. No wonder we struggle still to understand it.

These two Tanner lectures from Danielle Allen will elucidate the nature of our confusion over the purposes of education, propose a way of resolving some elements of our confusion, and build from this resolution toward a renewal of a humanistic account of education, for which one central goal is preparation for civic life, or participatory readiness.

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Danielle Allen is UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: the Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), and Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (Norton/Liveright Books, June 2014). She is the co‐editor of the award‐winning Education, Justice, and Democracy (2013, with Rob Reich) and From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age (forthcoming, with Jennifer Light).

In 2002 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her ability to combine the classicist’s careful attention to texts and language with the political theorist’s sophisticated and informed engagement.” She is currently working on books on citizenship in the digital age, and education and equality. Allen is a frequent public lecturer and regular guest on public radio affiliates to discuss issues of citizenship, as well as an occasional contributor on similar subjects to the Washington Post, Boston Review, Democracy, Cabinet, and The Nation.

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Isolationism and the American Experience: Is the U.S. Destined to Retreat from the World?

Unilateralism and isolationism are making a comeback in the United States. Are Trump and his America First approach to the world a cause or a symptom? What are the ideological sources of the intimate connection between isolationism and the American experience? Will the COVID-19 pandemic undercut or deepen globalization? What impact will it have on U.S. grand strategy? The United States seems headed for an inevitable pullback of its global commitments. What should retrenchment look like? Can Americans find the middle ground between doing too much and doing too little?

Introduction: Sascha Suhrke, Director, Head of Politics and Society, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Hamburg
Speakers: Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Founding Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA
Markus Kaim, Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin
Charles A. Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Moderation: Ali Aslan, International TV Host and Journalist, Berlin

An event of the ZEIT-Stiftung and the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance
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The Daily Hindu News and Editorial Analysis | 12th January 2020| UPSC CSE 2020 | Jatin Verma

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Page 1: Role of L-G and govt. intertwined: Madras HC
Page 1: COVID-19 now a pandemic, says WHO; India confirms 60 cases
Page 6: ‘Go for peace deal with or without NSCN (I-M)’
Page 8: ISRO shortlisted 368 student ‘scientists’
Page 8: Cocoon production in Karnataka poised to pick up
Page 9: ‘States to be asked to invoke Epidemic Disease Act’
Page 9: SC comes down on sexual harassment at workplace
Page 9: ‘Forcible dispossession of a person’s property is a human rights violation’
Page 10: A royal somersault
Page 10: For a level playing field
Page 10: Fail-safe exit for America, but a worry for India
Page 11: Economic uncertainty rises
Page 11: Ruling against judicial transparency
Page 12: L-G is a bridge between govt. and Centre: HC
Page 15: Industry starts sneezing from impact of virus

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American Project: American Identity Post 2020 Elections

On Thursday, October 15, 2020 Pepperdine School of Public Policy hosts its four webinar in The Quest for Community Webinar Series entitled, American Identity Post 2020 Elections.

The American Project is seeking solutions by finding places of connection to consider including where we live as ways to fight radical individualism on the Left/Right offering a new prism to see identity that is place-based for citizens at their local level.

Studies show that houses of worship may be one of the last places citizens of different races, genders, orientations, ideology, and ages come together. Levels of trust are highest in these institutions. Sports teams also manifest a sense of local community for diverse groups that break down old divisions. Cities, such as New York, offer deep identity and during the pandemic are grappling with an exodus of citizens leading to the creation of new organizations to imagine a new, New York.

This webinar seeked to explore the points of connections in America outside of identity politics as ways our nation can avoid the increasing polarization.

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Ann Cvetkovich: Artist Curation as Queer Archival Practice

The push for LGBTQ state recognition, civil rights, and cultural visibility has been accompanied by a push for the recording and preservation of LGBTQ history as an epistemic right. Carleton University professor Ann Cvetkovich will address the recent proliferation of LGBTQ archives as a point of departure for a broader inquiry into the power of archives to transform public histories. These new LGBTQ archival projects must respond to historical and theoretical critiques, including decolonization, that represent archives as forms of epistemological domination and surveillance or as guided by an impossible desire for stable knowledge.

Drawing on the work of Tammy Rae Carland, Ulrike Mueller, Kent Monkman, and others, Cvetkovich’s talk will focus on how artists use creative and queer approaches to archives that are simultaneously critical and transformative. Their experiments in archival preservation and innovative media practices grapple with the materiality of the archive in order to reveal its ephemeral and affective dimensions.

Ann Cvetkovich is Director of the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University. She is the author of Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism; An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures; and Depression: A Public Feeling. She is currently writing a book about the state of LGBTQ archives and their creative use by artists to produce counterarchives and interventions in public history.

Polarization and Political Discourse in the U.S.

David C. Barker and Lilliana Mason, nationally recognized experts on the roots and manifestations of political polarization, discuss how political discourse has become so degraded and what to look for in the future with John Haskell.

-  David C. Barker is director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and professor of government at American University, as well as the author of One Nation, Two Realities with Morgan Marietta.

-  Lilliana Mason is professor of government at the University of Maryland and author of Uncivil Agreement.

-  John Haskell is director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

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Womanhood in Tocqueville’s Democracy: In Conversation with Sarah Wilford (The Governance Podcast)

Alexis de Tocqueville argued that American democracy was rooted in associational life. What role did women play in building this capacity for association? In this episode of the Governance Podcast, Dr Sarah Wilford (University of the Andes) sits down with Dr Irena Schneider (King’s College London) to discuss how the domestic sphere shapes free societies and stems the tide of democratic despotism.

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Dr Sarah Wilford is an assistant professor of politics at the University of the Andes in Santiago. Her research focuses on the political thought of Alexis de Tocqueville regarding family, women, and democratic conditions. Other research interests include the relationship between religion and liberty in Tocqueville, womanhood during the nineteenth century, and the use of Tocqueville in later twentieth and twenty-first-century political theory and political science. She received her PhD in Politics from King’s College London in 2018.

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00:51: Tocqueville is a very popular writer to turn to nowadays, particularly when we think about modern questions of the loss of associationalism, virtuous citizenship, and community values. But we don’t often think about Tocqueville in terms of gender and the domestic sphere. That’s where you have been working and I wanted to ask just to get started, how did you get interested in the gender angle on Tocqueville?

03:13: To delve into the details, what exactly is the role of womanhood and the domestic sphere in Tocqueville’s work?

07:23: My first reaction is– you talked about paternal authority and that being a prime element in democratic citizenship, and being the first school of citizenship. What about the mother and womanhood in general? How does that contribute to the raising of virtuous, democratic citizens?

09:30: To delve further into the question of authority, both maternal, paternal, and the domestic sphere, it seems almost like an oxymoron to say that respect for authority leads to more democratic norms and civil society. How does that transition play out in Tocqueville?

11:30: Tocqueville really is seen as a scholar of civil society, of associationalism. We throw around these terms but we’re not often very clear by what Tocqueville meant by them.

17:21: A lot of times, when it comes to Tocqueville, we hear the term, ‘the habits of the heart and mind.’ A lot of the networks that exist within civil society are driven by people’s common acceptance or commitment to certain values or beliefs or ideas.

21:08: Tocqueville has been used and appropriated by many modern scholars in social science, from thinkers like Robert Putnam to Vincent Ostrom, and others. And they often use Tocqueville to address modern issues or crises of democracy. You’ve certainly worked a little bit on how they interpreted Tocqueville. What did they get right, and what did they get wrong?

28:04: What is your contribution on these perspectives? Are they hitting the point? Are they being accurately Tocquevillian, or are they misunderstanding parts of his argument?

37:44: I think part of the difficulty in transmitting this more 19th century perspective into the 21st is that society doesn’t really look the same as when Tocqueville observed it.

44:44: Do you think we’re in a period of democratic despotism today?

48:13: In light of this potential that we are living in a period of democratic despotism, we’re more secularised, atomised, lonelier; we’re lacking a lot of the social ties and mores that existed in the 19th century, especially in urban environments.

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