THOUGHT LEADERSHIP Event

 

The Birth & Death of Cults of Personality: Case Studies in North Korea, Libya, & The Former Yugoslavia
Wednesday, April 25 at 5:30pm
Johns Hopkins SAIS Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Ave, NW 

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The International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI), in collaboration with The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Conflict Management Program, will host a high-level panel discussion and networking reception on Wednesday, April 25 at 5:30pm.  The event, The Birth & Death of Cults of Personality: Case Studies in North Korea, Libya, & the Former Yugoslavia will trace the rise and fall of contemporary personality cults at a time when cult leaders across the world have been targeted and toppled, often through internal movements against their rule.  Factors within the Former Yugoslavia, Libya, and North Korea, will be taken into account to explain the birth and longevity of the personality cults. The panelists will question whether cults of personality are effective at legitimizing a regime and unifying their constituents, and will explore the ways in which cults are rejected or used against the leaders in order to undermine their rule.  The panel of experts includes:

  • Dr. Jae H. Ku Director of the U.S.-Korea Institute, SAIS
  • Dr. Karim Mezran Senior Policy Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council of the US
  • William Stuebner Former Special Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
Panel moderated by:
  • Dr. I William Zartman Professor Emeritus, Conflict Management Department, SAIS

Space is limited and will fill up fast, so please RSVP to RSVP@ipsinstitute.org with your name and affiliation.


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Each panel discussant will give an overview of his/her topic of expertise before the floor is opened up to general Q&A.  The panel and Q&A will be roughly 90 minutes long with a networking reception (beer/wine) afterwards.  In line with IPSI’s mission of thought leadership on peace and security issues for the next generation of global leaders, the audience will consist mostly of young academics, practitioners, and advocates in the conflict management community. The event is open to the media.

More on the Panelists:

Dr. Jae H. Ku Director of the U.S.-Korea Institute, SAIS
Jae H. Ku is the director of the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and the former director of the Human Rights in North Korea Project at Freedom House. He has taught courses on Korean affairs and international security relations at SAIS, Brown University, Korea University, Yonsei University, and Sookmyung Women’s University. He has been a recipient of both Fulbright and Freeman fellowships and has researched at various think tanks, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Korean Institute of International Studies, and the Institute for International Relations in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dr. Ku holds a Ph.D. from SAIS, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and A.B. from Harvard University.

Dr. Karim Mezran Senior Policy Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council of the US
Assistant professor of political science, John Cabot University, Rome; professorial lecturer, SAIS Washington (Fall 2000); visiting professor, Libera Università per gli Studi Sociali (LUISS) Rome (2002); Ph.D. in international relations, SAIS; J.D. in comparative law University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy); L.L.M. in Comparative Law from George Washington University (U.S.); M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University (U.S.); B.A. in management, Hiram College (U.S.)

William Stuebner Former Special Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
William Stuebner has been involved with Balkans affairs for over a decade, serving as a consultant on humanitarian assistance for the Department of Defense, Office of Global Affairs (1992); field representative for the US Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (1992-94); advisor to the prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (1994-96); chief of staff/senior deputy head of mission for human rights with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (1996); liaison officer-chief of exhumations, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (1996-97); and advisor on reconciliation in BiH for the US Institute of Peace (USIP) (1997-2000).

More on the Moderator:

Dr. I William Zartman Professor Emeritus, Conflict Management Department, SAIS
Dr. I. William Zartman is the Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution and former Director of the Conflict Management Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Zartman is the former director of the SAIS African Studies Program; a former faculty member at the University of South Carolina and New York University; served as Olin Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Halevy Professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and visiting professor at the American University in Paris; has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of State; president of the Tangier American Legation Museum Society; past president of the Middle East Studies Association and [founder] and past president of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies; fluent in French; Ph.D., international relations, Yale University.