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Former Sri Lankan President Talks Peace

November 15, 2011

Chandrika Kumaratunga, the former president of Sri Lanka, painted a sobering picture of an island nation recovering from civil war.  This INP-sponsored talk took place at the Center for Government and International Studies.

President Kumaratunga, who led Sri Lanka from 1994 to 2005, described her administration’s attempts to resolve through peaceful negotiations the long-standing conflict between Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese and minority Tamil populations.

Sri Lanka’s first female president attributed the challenge in part to a mentality of siege ­that has...

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Leading in a Multicultural World

May 20, 2007

Jordan’s Queen Rania participated in the session titled “Leading in a Multicultural World” with Dr. Shapiro during the last day of the World Economic Forum on the shores of Jordan’s Dead Sea on May 20, 2007.

Approximately 1500 participants from 50 countries attended the conference. Queen Rania discussed the importance of connecting across cultures, reducing stereotypes, and bridging the sociopolitical divides. She suggested that while some view the world as divided between East and West, there is an urgent need to create a common room in the middle, where those from around the...

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