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YPFP DC: The Dictator's Learning Curve
Thursday, July 19 | 6:30-8:00pm
With much unresolved in many of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa swept by the Arab Awakening--notably Syria-- the spotlight has focused on dictators across the globe. Mr. Dobson will discuss the savvy dictators of the 21st century, as well as his experience researching and writing this recently-published book.
William J. Dobson is the politics and foreign affairs editor for Slate. Previously, he served as the managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dobson served as Newsweek International's Senior Editor for Asia and as Associate Editor at Foreign Affairs.
During the height of the Arab Spring, the Washington Post editorial page commissioned Mr. Dobson to write daily online pieces on modern authoritarianism. While in Cairo, Mr. Dobson reported the first direct account of the Egyptian military conducting torture of female protestors from Tahrir Square. Mr. Dobson has published widely on international politics. His articles and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Newsweek, and elsewhere.