Jeffrey Gedmin
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Jeffrey Gedmin is a Senior Fellow, Georgetown University, and Senior Fellow, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (London). He was President and CEO of the Legatum Institute in London from 2011 to 2014.
Prior to that, Jeffrey Gedmin served from 2007 to 2011 as President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, where he oversaw the company's strategy and broadcast operations in 22 countries. Before RFE/RL he served for five years as Director of the Aspen Institute Berlin. Before that, he was Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C and Executive Director of the New Atlantic Initiative.

Jeffrey Gedmin's articles on foreign policy, media and public diplomacy have appeared in a range of newspapers and magazines. He has produced two major television documentaries for PBS. Gedmin has taught at Gonzaga College High School and Georgetown University, where he holds a Ph.D. in German and sits on the board of the Foreign Service School, Masters program. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the Tbilisi State University, Georgia.

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Bill Murray, St. Vincent, and the Case for Good Corn

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 11:19 PM

I once heard Bill Murray say in an interview there's good corn and there's bad corn. The actor's widely acclaimed 1993 movie Groundhog Day was corny, to be sure.

In Groundhog Day, misanthropic TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) travels to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania with producer Rita Hanson (Andie MacDowell)...

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Why the World Is About to Become a Far More Dangerous Place

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 2:41 PM

The German news magazine Der Spiegel thinks it's laughable, the idea that young Germans would fight for Latvia. Hungarian leader Viktor Orban cites Russia and China as models of successful countries. The President of the United States denies there's any larger problem between Moscow...

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In Putin's Plan, Are the Baltic States Next?

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 3:02 PM

It's my second time in Tallinn in just four months. The weather in the Estonian capital in summer seems nearly as cold and rainy as late February. Tourists are out in ample numbers this time, wrapped in raincoats and scarves for strolls through the medieval old town. There's a sense...

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Method to the Russian Madness - What Vladimir Putin Is All About

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 5:12 AM

There's a surreal quality to the conversations you have traveling through Central and Eastern Europe these days. A young Czech journalist eagerly tells me over breakfast in Prague of conversations his grandmother had with him when he was a young boy. "Never trust Russian rulers," she said, "always have a...

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Understanding Putin (Defining Deviancy Down)

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 5:50 AM

The winter Olympics begin in February and Vladimir Putin wants to reassure gay visitors. You'll be welcome in Sochi, says the Russian President, but "please leave the children in peace."

On Christmas Day the Kremlin had delivered a small present to the U.S. government. American journalist...

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We Live So Fast, There's No Time To Think

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 9:35 PM

"We live so fast ... there's no time to think." Who among us hasn't held the thought, at least for a fleeting moment?

We've been here before. The quote above comes from the American literary critic Irving Babbitt, who uttered those words in 1908. Babbitt's dizzying period of...

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Slip Sliding Away: What US Decline Means for the World

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 7:17 PM

Last year I was in Vilnius for a talk with university students. The most common question they asked? Whether Lithuania -- in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis; in light of ongoing U.S. economic woes and the EU's single currency troubles -- should look to Vladimir Putin's Russia as...

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US Government Shutdown - The Roots of Discontent

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2013 | 3:37 PM

On the U.S. government shutdown, it can be hard to pick your way through the millions of words of blather and blame. For anyone who's still paying attention, there are deep roots to the problem.

First, we should all know by now that the shutdown is principally over an...

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Aung San Suu Kyi, Václav Havel, and the Art of Dissent

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 3:51 AM

At Prague's Forum 2000 there are often surprises and touching gestures. What else would you expect from a conference started by a man who rode a scooter down the hallways of Prague castle when he became President and drew a heart as part of his signature?

Last year...

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Does History Matter?

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 8:45 AM

Politicians love to invoke history. It's fodder for Syria, tax policy, welfare reform and what to do about the environment.

The late historian Tony Judt once argued that we suffer from a dangerous illusion, namely "'that we live in a time without precedent . . . and that the...

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Do Dolphins Have Names? Do Elephants Have a Soul?

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2013 | 3:46 PM

The only thing that should really surprise us about the recent report that dolphins use names for each other is that we're surprised at all.

Ever since Descartes, it seems drilled into us that what separates us humans from the animal world is, well, nearly everything that matters. Yet over...

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In Wales with the POW - The Case for (And Against) Beauty and Harmony

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2013 | 4:39 PM

I met Prince Charles recently in Wales. Joined by my colleague, journalist-historian Hywel Williams, the two of us were invited to meet the Prince of Wales at Coed Darcy, where a small group of guests had been invited to see how Neath Port Talbot council, BP, the Welsh...

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Nelson Mandela: Great for What He Did - And What He Didn't Do

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 4:57 PM

At this writing, Nelson Mandela is still in critical condition. Accolades for him have started coming in. Many of us are reflective.

Mandela has been a leader of remarkable courage, of stamina and resilience. These qualities started to show early in school, as Mandela suffered penalties and expulsions, the result...

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Why Leaders Fail

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 10:38 AM

Nobel Prize winner in economics Daniel Kahneman is not a fan of the average business management and leadership book. In his international bestseller of a couple years ago, "Thinking, Fast and Slow," Kahneman writes:

"Stories of how businesses rise and fall strike a chord with readers by offering what the...

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We Love Numbers - Are They Our Downfall?

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 4:59 AM

We humans adore measuring things. The love affair started as early as the 4th and 5th millennia BC when the ancient peoples of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley were developing their systems of measurement for mass, time and length -- right down to 1/16th of an inch. In the...

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How Bismarck - Like Liberal Arts - Can Teach Us How To Think

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 1:41 PM

Think of Bismarck and you probably think of authority and discipline, hierarchy and order. The name conjures up images of the generously moustached, rather severe looking German leader wearing a "Pickelhaube." Literally meaning "pickle shaped bonnet," this was the helmut donned by the German military in the 19th and early...

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Ritual, Gesture and the Boston Bomber's Burial

(4) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 7:00 PM

If you hadn't noticed, there was a pretty hefty controversy over the burial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Boston mayor Thomas Menino said he would not allow Tsarnaev's body to be buried in the city. But "burying the dead is a work of mercy" contended Sister Rena Mae...

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City of Light, City of Dark - Varanasi and the Business of Modern Day Slavery

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 7:00 PM

My first impression of Varanasi - the holiest city in the the Hindu world and one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world - is that someone has fire-hosed the entire place with colour. It's vibrancy here, multiplied.

The city is situated on the banks of the Ganges...

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Not Chic - But Why US President Calvin Coolidge Was Cool

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 6:34 PM

I attended a small dinner recently where a leading figure in international finance regaled guests with dark scenarios of our collective economic future. You can't escape the bad news these days. The Financial Times ran a headline recently, front page above the fold: "Pessimism Deepens Over Global Economy."

A bottom-line...

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The Boston Massacre: Simply Evil

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 11:37 AM

It was a blood bath: three dead, 176 wounded, 17 in critical condition. In 10 cases physicians have had to amputate limbs. For the victims and their families, Monday was a day of death and devastation. But there's trauma and shock that go further. The Boston bombings were an attack...

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