Thursday, February 13th
Registration: 6:00 p.m.
Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
James Madison in 'The Federalist Papers" wrote about the essential importance of pluralism in democracy. To avoid factionalism, it is best to allow the activities of many competing interests. Marwan Muasher argues that the battle for pluralism is the most important struggle in the Middle East today. A new generation is waging this battle, embracing tolerance, diversity, the peaceful rotation of power, and inclusive economic growth. It is a story that must be told.
Scholar, statesman, and diplomat Marwan Muasher has served in key leadership positions in Jordan. He was Jordan's first ambassador to Israel, ambassador to the U.S., foreign minister, and deputy prime minister in charge of reform. He played a key role in peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine for decades, and has long been a voice for tolerance across the Arab world. Dr. Muasher is currently the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
His most recent book, The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism, will be available at the program.