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The Eternal Magnetism of the Dictator: A Psychological Analysis

January 16, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Fathali M. Moghaddam
Event Sponsor: 
Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies

History is a continuing struggle to escape dictatorship. Despite modest progress toward actualized democracy in some parts of the world, dictators once again loom large on the world stage. Globalization is associated with certain conditions that nurture increased expansion of dictatorial powers. This presentation explores the psychological foundations of this continued threat from dictators, and the steps needed to secure a more democratic future for the world.

Fathali M. Moghaddam is Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science, Georgetown University. He is Editor-in-Chief of "Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology" (published by the American Psychological Association). His most recent books are The Psychology of Dictatorship (2013), The Psychology of Democracy (2016), Questioning Causality (2016, Rom Harre), and The Encyclopedia of Political Behavior (2017, 2.vols.).

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Geology Corner, Building 320, Room 105

Free and open to the public, no RSVP required. Talk is in English. 

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