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Is it a Revolution or What?

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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Is it a Revolution or What?

March 30, 2005
The American Enterprise Institute

Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Georgia, Ukraine, and now some of the 'stans in Central Asia. Elections, demonstrations, quavering or falling regimes. What is going on? Is it a revolution? If so, how has it happened? Should the United States try to lead or manage it? If yes, how? If not, what is going on, and what should the United States do about it?

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Speaker Biographies

Michael A. Ledeen, a resident scholar at AEI, is an expert on U.S. foreign policy. His research areas include state sponsors of terrorism, Iran, the Middle East, Europe (Italy), U.S.-China relations, intelligence, and Africa (Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe). A former consultant to the National Security Council and to the U.S. State and Defense Departments, he has also written on leadership and the use of power. He is the author of The War against the Terror Masters: Why It Happened, Where We Are Now, How We’ll Win (St. Martin's Press, 2002).

Laurent Murawiec is a senior fellow with Hudson Institute. He was a senior international policy analyst with the RAND Corporation until 2002. His main research areas concern the application of anthropology to strategy, the "Revolution in Military Affairs," and information warfare. He has taught philosophy in Paris and was a foreign correspondent in Germany and Central Europe for La Vie Francaise, a major French business weekly. He later co-founded and managed GeoPol Services S.A., a Geneva, Switzerland, consulting company that advised multinational corporations and banks. Prior to moving to the United States, he was an adviser to the French Ministry of Defense and taught the history of economic planning at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He has also taught military analysis and cultural anthropology at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Michael Novak currently holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at AEI. He is the 1994 recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Mr. Novak has written twenty-six influential books on the philosophy and theology of culture, especially relating to the essential elements of a free society. His writings have appeared in every major Western language, and in Bengali, Korean and Japanese. Mr. Novak's The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism has been reprinted in Latin America and was published underground in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Germany, China and Hungary. His latest book, The Universal Hunger for Liberty: Why the Clash of Civilizations Is Not Inevitable, was released in September 2004.

Richard Perle, a resident fellow at AEI, is a leading authority on national security, military requirements, arms proliferation and defense, and regional conflicts. Mr. Perle was chairman of the Defense Policy Board (2001–2003); member of the Defense Policy Board (1987–2004); assistant secretary of defense for International Security Policy (1981–87); and served on the U.S. Senate staff (1960–1980). He is the coauthor of An End to Evil and author of Hard Line, a political novel.

Michael Rubin, who just returned from a research trip to Iraq, is a resident scholar at AEI, focusing on Arab democracy and domestic politics in Iran and Iraq. He is also the editor of the Middle East Quarterly. Before returning to AEI, Mr. Rubin was a political adviser in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and an assistant on Iran and Iraq in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was a visiting lecturer on international relations and history at Hebrew University (Jerusalem) from 2001–2002 and at the Universities of Sulaymani, Salahuddin, and Duhok (Iraqi Kurdistan) from 2000–2001. From 1999-2000, he was a Soref Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a visiting lecturer in history at Yale University.

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