Democracy In Danger - New Israel Fund Australia

Democracy In Danger

Thu 12 Nov 2020 at 8pm - 9pm

Contact Sharon Berger ( 0438262120) for more information.

Democracy and pluralism are under attack around the world. Join New York Times columnist Roger Cohen and academic and former deputy Knesset speaker Naomi Chazan to delve further into this troubling trend in the United States, Israel and all around the world.

Joining us a week after the US elections, they’ll discuss the result and its long lasting impact on a divided American society, as well as the ongoing uncertainty in Israel’s political system, and the broader threats facing democracies worldwide, particularly during the Covid pandemic.

Despite growing challenges, we can also look for inspiration to individuals willing to stand up for their rights and the increasing power of protest, in countries like Israel, Hong Kong and Belarus.

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Roger Cohen joined The New York Times in 1990. He was a foreign correspondent for more than a decade before becoming acting foreign editor on Sept. 11, 2001, and foreign editor six months later. Since 2004, he has written a column for The International New York Times, formerly known as The International Herald Tribune. In 2009 he was named a columnist of The New York Times.

Mr. Cohen has written “Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo,” an account of the wars of Yugoslavia’s destruction, and “Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis’ Final Gamble.” He has also co-written a biography of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, “In the Eye of the Storm.” His family memoir, “The Girl From Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family,” was published in January 2015. Raised in South Africa and England, he is a naturalised American.

Born in Jerusalem during the British mandate era, Professor Naomi Chazan is synonymous with an Israel that defends human rights, promotes equality and seeks a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Naomi’s commitment to building an Israel as envisioned by the Declaration of Independence has been seen in her varied roles as a former Deputy Speaker for the Knesset for Meretz, a senior Israeli academic, activist for women’s rights, and former President of the New Israel Fund.