After the Fall: Ben Rhodes on the Rise of Nationalism Across the GlobeVIEW EVENT DETAILS
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Thursday, September 23, 2021
6 p.m. Reception at Asia Society
7 p.m. Moderated Discussion
7:45 p.m. Audience Q&A
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Asia Society welcomes national security expert Ben Rhodes, former White House aide and close confidante to President Barack Obama, to discuss his new book After the Fall. During a moderated conversation, Rhodes will talk about the rise of nationalism around the globe, with a particular look at Asia, and what lessons the U.S. should learn in addressing both the root causes and the current effects. He will share what he learned from his travels around the globe, meeting with politicians, activists, and dissidents confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism experienced in the United States in recent history.
Books will be available for purchase at the event, and a book-signing will take place following the program.
About the Speaker
Ben Rhodes is a writer, political commentator, and national security analyst. He is currently a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC; co-host of Pod Save the World; a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama; and chair of National Security Action, which he co-founded with Jake Sullivan in 2018. From 2009-2017, Ben served as a Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. In that capacity, he participated in all of President Obama’s key decisions, and oversaw the President’s national security communications, speechwriting, and public diplomacy. He led the secret negotiations with the Cuban government that resulted in the effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, and supported the negotiations to conclude the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. He is the author of After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made, and the New York Times bestseller The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House. His work has also been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Foreign Affairs. A native New Yorker, Ben has a B.A. from Rice University and an M.F.A from New York University.
About the Moderator
Mustafa Tameez is CEO of Outreach Strategists, a leading digital, media, and public affairs firm in Southeast Texas. An advertising expert, national strategist, and former consultant on counter-violent extremism to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mustafa has appeared more than 600 times on CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC. Tameez is the Chairman of the Board for the Transportation Advocacy Group, a Board member of the National Immigration Forum, a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, and a member of multiple civic and corporate boards.
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