Tune into WRVO’s Campbell Conversations Sunday to listen as Maxwell Professor Grant Reeher interviews Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee
In the first of two-part interview, Grant Reeher discusses the current level of conflict and polarization between the two parties with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. Chafee is particularly well-suited as an observer of this problem — when in the U.S. Senate he was known as a moderate Republican. He left the party following his service there, and successfully ran for governor as an independent. He’s now a Democrat.
When Chafee was in the Senate, he was one of only two Republicans to vote against the Bush tax cuts, and the only Republican to vote against the Iraq War. He looks back on that time, and also honestly describes how money influences politics, including his own behavior.
With the current focus on democratic protest movements in the Middle East, it’s worth noting that since the 1970s, more than 70 nations around the world have moved from dictatorship to democracy. Why the historical wave? This week on the Campbell Conversations, University of San Francisco professor Stephen Zunes argues that it’s largely due to strategic non-violent movements. Zunes also specializes in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and there he argues that the U.S. enables Israeli policies that give it little incentive to compromise, making the peace process difficult. He also asserts that anti-American extremism is generated not so much because of our democratic values, but when we stray from those values.
Every week Grant Reeher, Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University, leads a conversation with a notable guest. Guests include people from central New York – writers, politicians, activists, public officials, and business professionals whose work affects the public life of the community – as well as nationally-prominent figures visiting the region to talk about their work.
The Campbell Conversations are longer interviews which encourage the character of the interviewee to be exposed. This allows you to learn more about the person, how they got to where they are, and where they plan to go. Grant attempts to go beyond the usual press conference questions and sound bites, which usually accompany a discussion about his guests.
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Support for the The Campbell Conversations series on WRVO is provided by The Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship.