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Forum on Dictatorship, Democracy in the Arab Spring Brings Notables to WCC

Westchester Community College's annual President's Forum Sunday brings together Elliott Abrams, Leslie Gelb, Nita Lowey and Richard Murphy.

Thanks to WCC for this announcement:

Westchester Community College is pleased to present the institution’s annual President’s Forum event, The Arab Spring-Prelude to Democracies or Dictatorships? to be presented on Sunday, November 20. The panel discussion in the Academic Arts Theatre, moderated by Lester M. Crystal, president, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will conclude with a wine and cheese reception and book signing at 4:30 p.m. The panelists are: 

Elliott Abrams, special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs, Deputy National Security Advisor to President Bush and currently senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council for Foreign Relations.

Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, long time national security correspondent for The New York Times and former Assistant Secretary of State under President Carter. 

Congresswoman Nita Lowey, member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee, ranking Democrat of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee. 

Ambassador Richard Murphy, former United States Ambassador to Syria, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and the Philippines, Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East and South Asia under President Reagan and former Chairman of the Middle East Institute in Washington.

Moderator Lester M. Crystal was instrumental in preparing the NewsHour program for its launch as the nation’s first hour-long nightly newscast. Prior to NewsHour, Crystal was president of NBC News, executive producer of NBC Nightly News, and producer of The Huntley-Brinkley Report. Scarsdale resident Crystal is on the Westchester Community College Foundation board of directors.

The President’s Forum, a fundraising event for student scholarships and faculty and institutional development, has been presented by the Westchester Community College Foundation for the past 27 years. Tickets start at $25 (closed circuit TV) and $75 (theatre seating). For further information on tickets, please call 914-606-6558 or visit www.sunywcc.edu for details.

JJ November 18, 2011 at 02:21 AM
No offense but Nita brings nothing to the table here...........
Frank Brodhead November 18, 2011 at 12:12 PM
All of these speakers are supporters of Israel's far-right, supporters of the Occupation, the war against Gaza, buidling more settlements (colonies) etc. None of them has a record of supporting the Arab Spring, seeing it only through the lens of alleged Israeli and US national interests. There are many experts qualified to present the Arab Spring from an alternative perspective; where is the "fair and balanced"? Frank Brodhead Hastings
Patriot November 15, 2012 at 08:33 AM
Sadly the Arab Spring has shown to more of an Islamist extremist revolution. Now the Jihadis in Gaza have murdered 3 innocent civilians in Israel. If Egypt supports this our government should stop giving them tax payer money http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/162111#.UKSm3OQ0WSo
Don Sutherland November 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM
All of the participants have extensive experience in dealing with national security and/or Middle East issues. Each adds value. With regard to Frank's posted response, it should be noted that Israel, like any other sovereign state, has an inherent right of self-defense. In addition, it is the Palestinian leadership that has walked away from the negotiating table, not Israel. The Palestinian leadership is pursuing a bid for statehood through the UN in an attempt to avoid making the compromises it would need to make in order to reach an agreement with Israel. It wants the UN to impose terms that ignore Israel's needs. Finally, it also wants to be held immune to the opportunity costs associated with its deliberate choice to abandon negotiations.
Aidan November 15, 2012 at 02:41 PM
She can't even find the table.
JM November 15, 2012 at 02:47 PM
After just reading Ron Paul's final speech.... all I can say is: There is no sweeter irony than hosting discussions on how other nations should engage democracy... when we aren't even practicing it here in the U.S.

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