Forum 2000: Bulletin

#Forum2000online: Iran and China

Iran: The First Feminist Revolution of the Middle East

“It’s kind of a feminist revolution. I would say it’s the first feminist revolution of the Middle East”, says Ramin Jahanbegloo in this episode of the #Forum2000online Chat. Mr. Jahanbegloo, an Iranian political philosopher, professor at the Jindal Global University, and ICDR Member, joined Azerbaijani journalist and member of the Forum 2000 Program Council Arzu Geybulla, to talk about the situation in Iran. Is this the beginning of the end for the ayatollahs?

China’s COVID policy: Relaxation or chaos? 

After deep public dissatisfaction with the country’s strict controls and mass protests against restrictions, the Chinese regime suddenly relaxed its zero-Covid policy steadfastly held throughout last three years. In this episode of the #Forum2000online Chat, Xiao Qiang and Parsifal D’Sola joined journalist Kateřina Procházková, analyst at Sinopsis, Czechia, to discuss the current situation in China, the significance of the protests and Beijing’s actions, and the most likely scenarios. Xiao Qiang is a Research Scientist at the School of Information, UC Berkeley, and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of China Digital Times. Parsifal D’Sola is the CEO of the Andrés Bello Foundation–China Latina America Research Center in Bogotá, Colombia.

The Forum 2000 editor’s pick

A selection of essential articles, opinions and ideas from the Forum 2000 network.

Securing a Vibrant Future for the World’s Public Broadcasters | Freedom House | In an era defined by the manipulation of information, trustworthy public media are critical. Their home governments should embrace and bolster them instead of threatening their financial security and independence for short-term gain.

Kleptocratic Adaptation: Next Steps in the Battle Against Kleptocracy | National Endowment for Democracy (NED) | The International Forum for Democratic Studies hosted a virtual public event for the release of the report, “Kleptocratic Adaptation: Next Steps in the Battle Against Kleptocracy”, with authors Jodi Vittori and Matthew Page and comments from Larry Diamond.

Evgenia Kara-Murza – Russian activist and wife of jailed dissident | BBC | Stephen Sackur speaks to the Russian opposition activist Evgenia Kara-Murza, whose husband Vladimir, a prominent opponent of Vladimir Putin, is in prison in Russia having survived two apparent poisonings in recent years. Has Putin’s repression effectively neutralised meaningful opposition?

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