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When the World is Aflame

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March 1, 2016 - 7:00pm
Cemex Auditorium

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In these times of global turmoil, join a conversation with four international affairs experts to confront some of the most difficult issues we face today in a special OpenXChange event: "When the World is Aflame" on Tuesday, Mar. 1, at 7 pm in Cemex Auditorium. 
From immigration and the refugee crisis to the presidential conversation on foreign policy, Russia, democracy and the Middle East, a building shift to extreme polarization and the demonization of certain groups is being reflected in diminishing compassion for others, setting the stage for increasing unrest and conflict.  
Former Washington Post Jerusalem Bureau Chief and Middle East Correspondent Janine Zacharia will moderate a discussion with three of Stanford’s most seasoned diplomats and scholars to consider the crucial role of the university in a fragmented world and the way forward in fixing a multitude of broken systems. The conversation will explore the following and more:
Can democracy be imposed on other nations as a means to peace?
How can opponents work together to solve problems, both globally and locally?
Is it possible to move beyond “dueling scorecards of victims” to a dialogue of reconciliation in the Middle East?
Does Silicon Valley hold the key to addressing both our security and our privacy or will solutions come from Washington? 
Where does Stanford and its community fit into the equation? 
Professors Condoleezza Rice, Jeremy Weinstein and Mike McFaul in conversation with Janine Zacharia will tackle some of the thorniest issues of the day, then respond to audience questions and comments for what will be a compelling look at the ever-expanding challenges of the 21st century landscape.

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Condoleezza Rice is the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of political science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC. From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the sixty-sixth secretary of state of the United States, the second woman and first African-American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security adviser) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position. Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999, during time which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and an academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender--Integrated Training in the Military. From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff, serving as director; senior director of Soviet and East European Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  As a professor of political science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has authored and coauthored numerous books, including two best sellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010). She also wrote Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

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Michael McFaul is professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He also works as an analyst for NBC News. He served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014). He has authored several books including Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should, How We Can; Transitions To Democracy: A Comparative Perspectivewith Kathryn Stoner; Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold Warwith James Goldgeier; Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin; Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000, with Timothy Colton (Brookings Institution Press, 2003); Russia's 1996 Presidential Election: The End of Bi-Polar Politics (1997); Privatization, Conversion and Enterprise Reform in Russia, with Tova Perlmutter, eds. (1995); Post-Communist Politics: Democratic Prospects in Russia and Eastern Europe (1993); and The Troubled Birth of Russian Democracy: Political Parties, Programs and Profiles, with Sergei Markov (1993). His articles have appeared in Constitutional Political Economy, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, International Security, Journal of Democracy, Political Science Quarterly, Post-Soviet Affairs, and World Politics. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Politico, Time, and the Weekly Standard. His current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations, and the relationship between democracy and development. He received his B.A. in International Relations and Slavic Languages and his M.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Stanford University in 1986. As a Rhodes Scholar, he completed his D. Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University in 1991.

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Jeremy M. Weinstein is professor of political science and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Ford-Dorsey Director of African Studies at Stanford University. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. Weinstein's research focuses on civil wars and political violence; ethnic politics and the political economy of development; and democracy, accountability, and political change. He is the author of Inside Rebellion: The Politics of Insurgent Violence (Cambridge University Press), which received the William Riker Prize for the best book on political economy. He is also the co-author of Coethnicity: Diversity and the Dilemmas of Collective Action (Russell Sage Foundation), which received the Gregory Luebbert Award for the best book in comparative politics. Weinstein received the International Studies Association’s Karl Deutsch Award in 2013. The award is given to a scholar younger than 40 or within 10 years of earning a Ph.D. who has made the most significant contribution to the study of international relations. He also received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford in 2007. Weinstein has also worked at the highest levels of government on major foreign policy and national security challenges, engaging in both global diplomacy and national policy-making. Between 2013 and 2015, he served as the Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and before that as the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. He also served as Director for Development and Democracy on the National Security Council staff at the White House between 2009 and 2011. In this capacity, he played a key role in the National Security Council’s work on global development, democracy and human rights, and anti-corruption, with a global portfolio. Among other issues, Weinstein was centrally involved in the development of President Obama’s Policy Directive on Global Development and associated efforts to reform and strengthen USAID, promote economic growth, and increase the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance across the board; led efforts at the White House to develop a robust international anti-corruption agenda, which included the creation of the G-20 Action Plan on Anti-Corruption, the design and launch of the Open Government Partnership, and the successful legislative passage and internationalization of a ground-breaking extractive industries disclosure requirement; and played a significant role in developing the Administration’s policy in response to the Arab Spring, including focused work on Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, and others. Before joining the White House staff, Weinstein served as an advisor to the Obama campaign and, during the transition, as a member of the National Security Policy Working Group and the Foreign Assistance Agency Review Team. Weinstein obtained a BA with high honors from Swarthmore College, and an MA and PhD in political economy and government from Harvard University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on a number of non-profit boards including Global Integrity, the International Budget Partnership, and MySociety.

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Janine Zacharia was Jerusalem Bureau Chief and Middle East Correspondent for the Washington Post from December 2009 through April 2011. During her time at the Washington Post, she reported widely throughout the Middle East beyond Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including assignments in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Turkey. She reported on the uprisings in Egypt and Bahrain as they began in early 2011. From 2005-2009, she worked as chief diplomatic correspondent for Bloomberg News based in Washington. During this period, she traveled to more than 40 countries with then U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior administration and military officials. Her earlier career included five years as Washington bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post, and five years in Jerusalem working for various news outlets including the Reuters news agency. She was a regular contributor to the New Republic and has appeared routinely as a cable news analyst on MSNBC, CNN and other networks. She was also a regular panelist on Gwen Ifill’s Friday evening roundtable, "Washington Week in Review." During 2008-2009, she was awarded a Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Literary Studies from Middlebury College and is originally from Long Island.
OpenXChange extends special thanks to our marketing partner KQED and our many campus event co-sponsors: 
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), Office of Community Engagement & Diversity, Diversity & First Generation Office, El Centro Chicano Y Latino, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), GSB Government & Politics Club, Haas Center for Public Service, International Undergraduate Community (IUC), The Jewish Student Association (JSA), Native American Cultural Center, Office for Religious Life, School of Humanities and Sciences, Society for International Affairs, Stanford Amnesty International Chapter, Stanford Association for International Development (SAID), Stanford in Government, The Stanford Political Journal, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE), Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE)


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