Countries begin for a multitude of reasons. They might be built around ethnicities, religions, conquest or revolution. Some are so…
At today’s 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater, Chautauquans will see the world through the eyes of foreign affairs columnist David Rohde and Nedim Şener, the man who dared to accuse Turkish police of assassinating a prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist.
Şener is a Turkish investigative reporter. His work has won him the International Press Institute’s World Press Freedom Hero award — and also prompted authorities to throw him in jail for “collaborating” with Ergenekon, a network of alleged terrorists in Turkey. He currently awaits trial for criminal activities tied to terrorism.
In 2009, two months after exchanging wedding vows with his wife, David Rohde spent seven months in Taliban captivity.
“I saw religion at its best and worst,” Rohde said about the ordeal in Afghanistan, which is chronicled in the book A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides, by Rohde and his wife, Kristen Mulvihill.
Two-time Pulitzer Award-winning investigative journalist and author David Rohde will share his story and thoughts in his program titled “Beyond War: The Failed American Effort to Back Moderate Muslims Since 9/11” at 10:45 a.m. Friday in the Amphitheater.
“They say about Pakistan that everything you hear about Pakistan is true, but then the opposite is also true,” said Amin Hashwani in the Hall of Philosophy.
During the 2 p.m. Thursday Interfaith Lecture, Hashwani touched on the Week Five religion theme, “The People of Pakistan,” with a lecture titled “The Pakistan We Don’t Read About.”
Hashwani is the founding president of the Charter for Compassion Society in Pakistan. He is also the co-founder of the Peace Action Network, an association of CEOs from around the world who utilize business relations to cross cultural boundaries and build positive transnational relationships, and the founder of Pakistan India CEOs Business Forum. Hashwani is a businessman, and he approaches his service work with the tenacity he has mastered in business, he said.
The combination of Pakistan’s involvement in the most recent war in Afghanistan and its weak policy making and governance has diminished its ability to provide for its citizens.
It is a crisis much greater than the state of its relations with the United States, said Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, during Thursday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater.
Nawaz spoke about the situation Pakistan and its military face today, as well as what the country must do to become a strong, prosperous country, during Week Five, themed “Pakistan: Straddling the Boundary Between Asia and the Middle East.”