Experts on Roy Moore, CA shooting, Jeff Sessions before Congress, nuclear strike limitations for the president, Zimbabwe, 33,000+ dead, Lebanon's missing PM, and climate change talks
This week WMC SheSource features experts on
• the sexual misconduct allegations that face Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore
• the shooting in rural California that left 4 dead
• Jeff Sessions appearing before Congress to discuss Russia, federal eavesdropping, and Hillary Clinton
• the U.S. Senate considering whether to put limitations on the president's power to launch a nuclear strike
• the military takeover in Zimbabwe
• a German newspaper list that names the more than 33,000 migrants who have died trying to enter Europe between 1993 and 2017
• Lebanese President Michel Auon declaring that Prime Minister Saad Hariri is being held hostage in Saudi Arabia following his abrupt resignation
• and the UN climate change talks that are currently happening in Bonn, Germany.
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is currently facing sexual misconduct allegations involving teenaged girls and we SPOTLIGHT Vanessa C. Tyson. A social scientist by training, Dr. Tyson currently teaches in the Department of Politics at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. As an expert on US Congress, policy formulation, race, gender, and social justice, Dr. Tyson has an extensive background in both US and California politics. Dr. Tyson spent years working as an advocate for sexual violence awareness and prevention, serving as one of the founding members of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Survivor Speakers’ Bureau. Media experience: US News and World Report, the Sacramento Bee, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Bryan Callen Show.
This past Tuesday, a gunman in Northern California shot and killed 4 people during his rampage. Those who have identified the shooter have said he has had many complaints from neighbors, including a domestic violence report the day prior to the rampage. To discuss, we FEATURE Soraya Chemaly. Soraya is a writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion and media. She is the Director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project and organizer of the Safety and Free Speech Coalition, both of which are involved in curbing online abuse, media and tech diversity, and expanding women's freedom of expression. Media includes: TIME, The Guardian, The Nation, Huffington Post, The Atlantic.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before Congress to discuss Russia, federal eavesdropping, and Hillary Clinton and we FEATURE Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker. Dean Parker joined Pacific McGeorge School of Law as its eighth dean in 2002, after serving as general counsel for the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System. Dean Parker has served as general counsel of the National Security Agency (1984 – 1989), principal deputy legal adviser at the U.S. Department of State (1989 – 1990), and general counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency (1990 – 1995). Media includes: NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, US News & World Report, and Financial Times.
Currently there are no restrictions to the president's powers to launch a nuclear strike and with tensions rising between President Trump and North Korea, the U.S. Senate is in talks to limit these powers. To discuss this further, we FEATURE Joan Rohlfing. Joan became president and chief operating officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative in January 2010, after nine years as NTI's senior vice president for programs and operations. She was part of the original team that created the mission and scope for NTI in 2000. Rohlfing is also a member of the U.S. Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee as well as the Directorate Advisory Committee of the National Security Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Media includes: The New York Times, BBC Radio, Politico, Associated Press, Huffington Post.
Zimbabwe's military has taken over the country's capital and is currently holding President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace under house arrest. To discuss the ongoing situation we FEATURE Emira Woods. Emira is the Global Client Principal for Social Impact Programs at ThoughtWorks, a technology firm committed to social and economic justice. From 2003 to 2014, she was co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa and the developing world. Ms. Woods is chair of the Board of Africa Action and serves on the advisory committee of the Zimbabwe Alliance. Media includes: Miami Herald, the Christian Science Monitor, New York Newsday, the Nation, the Baltimore Sun, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
A German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, has named the more than 33,000 people who have died trying to flee to Europe between 1993 and 2017. To discuss, we FEATURE Pia Wanek. Pia has directed Humanitarian Assistance’s response for a variety of crises, including the West African Ebola epidemic, the 2014 war in Gaza, the ongoing Syrian conflict, and Puerto Rico after the hurricanes. She worked for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance for six years, predominantly on East and Central Africa emergency response programs, and supported the civil-military portfolio at the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and strategic planning and policy development at the Consular Affairs bureau at the State Department. Media includes: The Cipher Brief, Middle East Institute, Vice News.p
Robert I. Williams Term Professor of History; Director, Middle East Center
University of Pennsylvania
For interviews on Lebanon's missing prime minister.
Lebanese President Michel Auon has declared that Prime Minister Saad Hariri is being held hostage in Saudi Arabia following his abrupt resignation. We FEATURE Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet. Firoozeh is the Robert I. Williams Term Professor of History and director of the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a scholar of modern Iran, the Ottoman Empire, and the Persian Gulf, having published extensively on these topics. She has studied Arab/Persian relations, as well as Sunni/Shia conflicts. She is also an expert on boundary disputes and politics in the Middle East, as well as an established scholar on the history of US—Iranian relaitons. Media includes: NBC Philadelphia, Voice of America, NPR, Newsday.
With the UN climate change talks currently happening in Bonn, Germany, we FEATURE Dr. Barbara Buchner. Dr. Buchner is Executive Director of the widely renowned Climate Finance program at Climate Policy Initiative. She is the lead author on CPI's 'Global Landscape of Climate Finance' analyses, which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking, and 'Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion Goal' - a joint report with the OECD that played a seminal role in the lead up to the Paris Agreement. Media includes: Reuters, Bloomberg News, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, E&E TV.
Areas of Expertise: Arts and Culture, Feminism, Hate crimes, Human rights, Journalism, Media and Entertainment, Politics, Race and ethnicity, Social justice, Television, Terrorism, Violence against women, War, Women, Women and Politics, Women's empowerment, Women's issues, Women's leadership