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Siena - 2012 - Plenary Speakers
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We are honored to have two internationally renowned speakers confirmed for the 10th International Conference.


John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB) will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday, July 10, 2012, about democracy and global civil society.  He is the Director of the recently founded Sydney Democracy Initiative (SDI). During his many years in Britain, The Times ranked him one of the country's leading political thinkers and a writer whose work has 'world-wide importance'.  The Australian Broadcasting Commission recently described him as "one of the great intellectual exports from Australia". His Life and Death of Democracy was short-listed for the 2010 Non-Fiction Prime Minister's Literary Award.

The Hidden Media Powers That Undermine Democracy – Sydney Democracy Initiative.  
By Professor John Keane,
essay on the subject of media and democracy,
published 2 September 2011.

Rami Khouri is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut as well as editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper. He is an internationally syndicated political columnist and author.  He is a Senior Fellow, The Dubai Initiative, a joint venture between the Dubai School of Government and the Harvard University Kennedy School.  Mr. Khouri was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in October 2006, and in November 2006, he was the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East. He will speak on Friday, July 13th at the closing plenary and will focus on the Arab Spring and emerging democratization, including the role of the Third Sector in this process.

He will speak on Friday, July 13th at the closing plenary; his address will  focus on "Citizen Revolts and Historic Transformations Across the Arab World:  Why Civil Society Now Faces its Greatest Test.” 

Spring or Revolution? 
by Rami G. Khouri, published 17 August 2011

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