Mar 13, 2014
12:00pm - 1:30pm    |    Lester Pollack Colloquium Room , 245 Sullivan Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY

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A Debate between Edward Lucas, Senior Editor of The Economist and author of The Snowden Operation: Inside the West’s Greatest Intelligence Disaster and Stephen Holmes, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

In his new and controversial book, Edward Lucas reflects on how he exposed official state secrets in his many years of journalism, but his nevertheless harsh criticisms of Edward Snowden and the journalists who have published Snowden’s revelations. Lucas also explores the connections between Russia and Snowden’s acts.  Professor Stephen Holmes — whose expertise includes national security law, democratic theory and Russia — will engage Lucas in a spirited debate on the human rights to privacy and a free press and other issues. The debate will be moderated by Professor Ryan Goodman.

This event is open to the public.  A light lunch will be served. Please bring a photo-ID to present to security upon arrival.

Edward Lucas is a senior editor at The Economist. An expert in energy, intelligence and cyber-security issues, he was the Moscow bureau chief from 1998-2002, and covered Central and Eastern Europe for more than 20 years, witnessing the final years of the last Cold War, the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet empire, Boris Yeltsin’s downfall and Vladimir Putin’s rise to power.

From 1992 to 1994, he was managing editor of The Baltic Independent, a weekly newspaper published in Tallinn. He holds a BSc from the London School of Economics, and studied Polish at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow. He is married to Cristina Odone with three children. “The New Cold War” (2008) was his first book. “Deception”, about east-west espionage, was published in 2011. “The Snowden Operation” was published as an e-book in 2014.

Stephen Holmes is a specialist on constitutional law and legal reform in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, he is researching issues relating to rule-of-law reform in Russia. His research centers on premodern constitutionalism, the history of European liberalism, the disappointments of democracy and economic liberalization after Communism, and the difficulty of combating international Salafi terrorism within the bounds of the Constitution and the rule of law. In 1988, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete a study of the theoretical foundations of liberal democracy. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2003-05 for his work on Russian legal reform. Besides numerous articles on the history of political thought, democratic and constitutional theory, state building in post-Communist Russia, and the war on terror, Holmes has written several books, including The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes, co-authored with Cass Sunstein (1998), and The Matador’s Cape: America’s Reckless Response to Terror (2007). After receiving his PhD from Yale in 1976, Holmes taught briefly at Yale and Wesleyan universities before becoming a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in 1978. He later taught at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Princeton before joining the faculty at NYU School of Law in 2000.

 

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