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John Shattuck

Monday, July 8, 2019

Topic: Viktor Orban and Donald Trump: The Rise of "Illiberal Democracies" in Europe and the US

John Shattuck is Professor of Practice at the Fletcher School of Tufts University.  He is an international legal scholar, diplomat, human rights leader, and former university president.  Early in his career he held positions that include:  Director of the ACLU Washington office; Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs at Harvard University; Lecturer at the Harvard Law School; and Senior Associate in the Program on Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government.

From 1993-1997 Mr. Shattuck was Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.  He then served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 1998-2000.  Mr. Shattuck returned to the U.S. as CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation from 2001-2009.  During this time, he was also Lecturer and Senior Fellow at Tufts University (2007-2009) and served on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Global Leadership.

From 2009 to 2016 he was President and Rector of Central European University, an international graduate institution in Budapest, Hungary. Upon his retirement as President, in his honor Central European University renamed the research center he had established as the Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery.

Professor Shattuck received a BA from Yale College in 1965, an MA in 1967 from Clare College, Cambridge University, and a JD degree in 1970 from Yale Law School.

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Upcoming Speakers

  • Monday, July 8, 2019
    John Shattuck
    Topic: Viktor Orban and Donald Trump: The Rise of "Illiberal Democracies" in Europe and the US
  • Monday, July 29, 2019
    Susan Purcell
    Topic: Regime Change in Venezuela?
  • Monday, August 12, 2019
    William Reinsch
    Topic: Globalization, Inequality and Trade Policy
  • Monday, September 9, 2019
    Andrew C. Weber
    Topic: Pandemics and Biosecurity
  • Monday, September 23, 2019
    David Stoll
    Topic: Migration from Guatemala to the US
  • Monday, October 14, 2019
    Courtney C. Radsch
    Topic: Enemies of the People: the Shifting Frontlines of Journalism

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Announcements

Transatlantic Populism

Posted on Wednesday June 19

by John Shattuck The US and the European Union (EU) are confronted to-day by a surge of populist nationalism that presents multiple challenges to transatlantic democracy.   Populism is a form of grassroots rebellion against governing elites with a long history and complex relationship to democracy, as illustrated by two historical examples, the rebellions in colonial […]

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What We Know About Syria’s Secret Torture Prisons

Posted on Tuesday May 14

By Anne Barnard Nearly 128,000 people are missing inside a sprawling system of secret prisons run by the Syrian government. Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have passed through it since the Syrian uprising began in 2011, as the authorities used torture — and the fear of it — to crack down on […]

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Why the U.S. Should Stay Out of Saudi Politics – Let the Royal Family Do Its Job

Posted on Wednesday April 24

By F. Gregory Gause III In the May/June 2018 issue of Foreign Affairs, I wrote that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), had consolidated his position within the ruling family to such a degree that he was free of the constraints imposed by the collective leadership model that characterized the Saudi regime in the past. That freedom […]

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Democracy undone: the global rise of populist authoritarianism

Posted on Sunday February 10

by the GroundTruth Project   BOSTON — One third of the world’s people now live in countries that are becoming less democratic, including India, the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Thailand, Ukraine, Hungary and Poland.  According to the latest annual Freedom in the World report by the NGO Freedom House, global freedom has declined for […]

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“Putin wanted to interrogate me. Trump called it ‘an incredible offer.’ Why?”

Posted on Wednesday August 29

By Michael McFaul.          “I thought I was done worrying about Vladimir Putin. I left Moscow in 2014 as the departing U.S. ambassador, after Putin spent my two-year stint deploying state-controlled media outlets and their surrogates to propagate disinformation about me. He’d been received tepidly in his campaign to retake the presidency from his ally, Dmitry […]

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“The Magnitsky Affair”

Posted on Tuesday August 28

By Amy Knight (New York Review):       “Last May, a money-laundering suit brought by the United States against Prevezon Holdings Ltd., a Cyprus-based real estate corporation, was unexpectedly settled three days before it was set to go to trial. The case had been at the center of a major international political controversy. Prevezon, which is owned by a […]

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“The Theology of American National Security”

Posted on Friday December 4

by Andrew Bacevich         In April 2003, with Baghdad occupied by American troops, the top officials of the Bush administration were already dreaming of building bases in Iraq that would be garrisoned more or less in perpetuity. Everyone was too polite to call them “permanent bases,” so they were sometimes referred to […]

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