Internationally recognized for her innovative thinking on corruption and its implications, Sarah Chayes has uncovered the unrecognized reality that severe and structured corruption often prompts international crises -- including violent religious insurgency. From covering the fall of the Taliban in 2001, to living in their former heartland for a decade and advising the highest ranks of the U.S. military, Chayes will speak from her remarkable perspective to help us draw crucial lessons from the Taliban's triumphant return to power.
We live in a society where professional athletes, K-Pop groups, and entertainers have the potential to rally millions to action. This summit explores the roles and responsibilities of the hyper-famous artists and athletes as agents of change, for better or for worse. Join us to debate who decides which causes are worth fighting for.
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS In an imperfect society, what needs to be done to balance the power of the various voices that make up our media diet? Can and should professional athletes and famous artists limit their activism? How can we create a society where all voices are heard and those most marginalized have their needs advocated for?
Dr. Ruth Margolies Beitler is a Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy where she serves as course director for Middle East Politics and Cultural Anthropology. She has been the director of the Conflict and Human Security Studies Program (CHSS) since its inception in 2006. She is author of four books and numerous book chapters and articles. A graduate of Cornell University with a BA in Near Eastern Studies, Dr. Beitler holds a Master of Arts of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where she also received her Ph.D. in International Relations/Middle East Politics. She has appeared as a guest commentator on the CBS morning news and MSNBC. She has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East.