Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh gave a scathing assessment of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama in a November 12 campus talk, during which he discussed secret military initiatives, the subversion of the U.S. Constitution, the funneling of money into offshore banking accounts to fund special military operations, and a mainstream media currently uninterested in publishing anything that is critical of the president.
The biggest lesson of the Arab Spring? That “nations must develop national identities that trump factions,” according to Marwan Muasher, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Former Foreign Minister of Jordan.
How does one brief the President of the United States every morning on the world’s developments in just 30 minutes? Thomas Donilon – former National Security Advisor in the Obama Administration – reflected on this question while featured in a Jackson Institute Town Hall meeting on November 4.
The MacMillan Center has enjoyed an action-packed spring semester. Numerous scholars and luminaries came to campus to speak. Mo Ibrahim, founder of CelTel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies, gave the Coca-Coca World Fund at Yale Lecture on governance in Africa. It’s a topic he knows well. Ibrahim founded the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in 2006, which was launched to encourage good governance and leadership in Africa.