Talkin’ in the Free World is a conversation series on the future of democracy and countering the threat from resurgent authoritarianism across the globe.
The series is hosted by MLI Senior Fellow Mariam Memarsadeghi and features prominent thinkers, practitioners and political leaders committed to safeguarding freedom.
This series of dialogues hosted by Memarsadeghi aim to shine light on how countries like Canada can support democratic movements and counter the actions of repressive authoritarian leaders in order to facilitate a freer world.
Mariam Memarsadeghi is a Senior Fellow at MLI. Having emigrated to the US as a child during the Iranian revolution, she is a leading proponent for a democratic Iran and one of 43 American immigrants profiled in President George W. Bush’s book, Out of Many, One. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The National Interest, The Hill, The Jerusalem Post, Tablet, Bulwark, Quillette and other publications. She is a frequent speaker at universities and think tanks worldwide and provides commentary on English, Persian and Arabic language TV news programs.
Mariam is co-founder of Tavaana: E-Learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society. Launched in 2010, the virtual institute is now a household brand throughout Iran, offering secure democracy and human rights educational opportunities.
Nury Turkel, author of No Escape: The True Story of China’s Genocide of the Uyghurs, speaks to us today about China’s use of technology in the Uyghur genocide and the threat of such technologies to global democracy and freedom. Turkel highlights what the international community needs to do to support the Uyghur people and hold authoritarians to account.
Turkel is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and is Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He is the first U.S.-educated Uyghur-American lawyer, foreign policy expert, and human rights advocate. He was born in a re-education camp at the height of China’s tumultuous Cultural Revolution and spent the first several months of his life in detention with his mother.