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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.
What was meant to be an interview with a Taliban commander became a seven-month kidnapping.
To keep up with the competition in journalism, David Rohde wanted to interview a Taliban commander for a book. His opportunity came Nov. 10, 2008.
But when he, Afghan journalist Tahir Ludin and their driver Asadullah “Asad” Mangal arrived at the Logar province for the meeting, the Taliban commander told them he changed the location farther down the road.
A black car was blocking the road ahead. Then two gunmen with Kalashnikov rifles ran toward their car from both sides. Ludin and Mangal moved to the back seat with Rohde, and the gunmen got in the car and continued driving.
“My head was spinning,” Rohde said during Friday’s morning lecture. “I hoped that this was all some kind of mistake — that they had maybe seen me in the back seat and saw a Westerner.”
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.
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.”
Chautauquan Bob Hopper will speak on “Pakistan and Lost Opportunities” for the Men’s Club speaker series at 9 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist House.
Hopper retired from the U.S. State Department in late 2001 after 32 years with the U.S. Foreign Service where he had postings in Monterrey, Mexico, Rome and London. For the bulk of his career he specialized in NATO and East-West relations. During this period he worked closely with James Cunningham, recently nominated by President Barack Obama as ambassador to Afghanistan.
Trust: the key component to any relationship, including one between two countries. A lack of trust can lead to difficult times.
The minimal amount of trust between the United States and Pakistan has developed into a troubled relationship, one that faces difficult times and several problems.
Burns will return to Chautauqua Institution for a second consecutive year — this time as the final speaker of Week Five, themed “Pakistan: Straddling the Boundary between South Asia and the Middle East” — during Friday’s 10:45 a.m. lecture in the Amphitheater. He will speak about U.S.-Pakistan relations, Indian-Pakistani history and Pakistan’s role in the Afghanistan War.
Violence caused by jihads is a relatively new problem, but many people associate it with Islam as a whole.
People first thought the cause of the Sept. 11 attacks had to do with Islam, a religion that has been around since the seventh century.
Despite beliefs that the religion is the cause of some violence, countries such as Indonesia and India are peaceful and democratic societies, said Fareed Zakaria, editor-at-large of Time magazine and CNN host, during Monday’s morning lecture.
Zakaria was the first speaker of Week Five, themed “Pakistan: Straddling the Boundary Between Asia and the Middle East.” He informed the audience about the history of Westernization in the Arab world and Pakistan’s deeply rooted religious nationalism.
For the tribal peoples of Waziristan, the mountainous region in northwest Pakistan that borders Afghanistan, every day is like Sept. 11. Every day, people are killed by American drone strikes, Afghan terrorists, Pakistanis looking for terrorists or their own tribal rivalries. American experts have called the region the epicenter of the war on terror.
In 2004, the United States took a major stride forward by helping to establish a democracy in Afghanistan. Although successful in some of the big, Westernized cities, much of the country — which has been made up of tribal regions for centuries — rejects and refuses to recognize the new government.
Ahmed, former Pakistan ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland, will discuss those tribal societies at 2 p.m. Monday in the Hall of Philosophy. He will focus on Pakistani tribes and the problems those tribes cause for both Pakistan and the U.S., drawing from his scholarly studies and personal experiences in Pakistan.
“Jesus Christ once said, ‘What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?’ I believe this statement is true not only for people but also for nations,” said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Tuesday at the 2 p.m. Interfaith Lecture.
“The question that lies before us this week is: What would it gain America to win the world but lose its soul?”
During the afternoon lecture period, Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan, addressed Week Two’s theme, “2012: What’s at Stake for the Common Good.”
In the first half of the lecture, Rauf delivered a speech titled “Moving the Mountain: A Bolder Vision for Peace in Plurality.” Following Rauf, Khan focused on the topic “Facing a New World: America’s Responsibility as a World Power.”