Thought Leadership Forum on Authoritarian States


The Journal of International Affairs hosted a Thought Leadership Forum on Authoritarian States to mark the launch of the fall/winter 2011 issue, “Inside the Authoritarian State,” an in-depth examination of the mechanics of authoritarian regimes and the roles these states play on the world stage.
The Forum is the Journal’s signature event; it is an opportunity for students and thought leaders to engage in intellectual discourse with the rigor and spirit of inquiry that fosters a more nuanced understanding of the issues. Speakers included:
     - Gary Sick, Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and former US National Security Council member under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan
     - Andrew Exum, Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Security
     - Peter Godwin, foreign correspondent and author of The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe
     - Christopher Walker, Vice President for Strategy and Analysis at Freedom House
The Forum was moderated by:
     - Cynthia Roberts, Associate Professor of political science at Hunter College and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University
Copies of “Inside the Authoritarian State” are now available for purchase at or as an e-book on