Meet our Next Speaker

Elaine Diaz

Monday, May 4

Topic: What's up with Cuba?

Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 2.31.36 PMElaine Díaz is a Cuban blogger, journalist and professor at the University of Havana where she teaches courses focusing on digital journalism, communication, technology and society, and alternative journalism on the web. She has written about digital communication, technology infrastructure and the digital divide for Cuban and international outlets.

From 2010 to 2012, Diaz worked as part of the local government of her municipality.

Díaz is the sole Cuban author for Global Voices and has blogged for La Polemica Digital (The Digital Controversy) about social problems and the politics of online expression in Cuba.

She completed an MA in communications in 2014 at the University of Havana. She studied the current state of the Cuban blogosphere and its possibilities to promote processes of public deliberation and consensus-building. Díaz was part of the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Class of 2014 and she is currently a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

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Mousavian on the Senate Letter

Posted on Tuesday March 17

Our January speaker, Hossein Mousavian has a recent article about the infamous letter signed by 47 Republican Senators.  An excerpt: “The principal error committed by the Republican letter is that it conveniently ignores the primary way by which a nuclear deal with Iran will be enacted — through a UN Security Council resolution. For as much as members of Congress [...]

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Stephen Walt on Arming Ukraine (a really bad idea)

Posted on Thursday February 12

One of our 2013 speakers, Professor Stephen Walt, has a recent article in Foreign Policy about General Breedlove’s dubious plan to send US arms to Ukraine.  Click here for full article.

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A Nuclear Deal With Iran?

Posted on Friday December 12

Excerpts from January speaker Hossein Mousavian’s article entitled Why geopolitical shifts dictate a nuclear deal with Iran: “Although a week of high-level talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna made good progress, negotiators failed to reach an agreement and instead set a new deadline of March 1, 2015, for a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and a [...]

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Gregory Johnson’s Harrowing Escape

Posted on Friday December 5

Gregory Johnson was our Forum speaker last April.  Read his recent BuzzFeed story on My Last Day in Yemen: “Yemen was like a home away from home for me — until the day I was nearly abducted in broad daylight, and narrowly missed suffering a grim fate similar to other journalists drawn to covering, and [...]

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Rania Abouzeid on the Mess in Iraq

Posted on Friday July 11

Read what Rania Abouzeid (our September 22nd speaker) had to say in her June Politico article:  “The Jihad Next Door: The Syrian roots of Iraq’s newest civil war”

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Membership Application

Posted on Saturday March 9

A membership application is now online as a PDF.

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Stephen Walt on His Forum Experience

Posted on Thursday August 9

We often write about our speakers after they appear at the Forum, but Steve Walt is the first one to write about us after speaking.  Click here for his latest Foreign Policy article.

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