So does the rest of the world hate us less now?
A couple of ridiculously smart and influential foreign guys are at Brown tonight to tell us.
“The Obama Effect: Global Reactions to the New American President” is at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, April 7, in the Starr Auditorium at MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer Street in Providence.
The two speakers are heavy-hitting Brown professors-at-large. Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile, founded the Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo (Foundation for Democracy and Development ) in 2006 and currently serves as its president. He also heads the Club of Madrid, an organization of former presidents whose mission is to promote democracy, and is a UN special envoy for climate change.
Romano Prodi, former prime minister of Italy, is also a former president of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union. During his presidency, the euro was introduced and the treaty establishing a constitution for Europe was signed. He is currently president of the Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation and chairman of the UN-AU Panel for Peacekeeping in Africa.
It’s a pretty impressive offering from the Watson Institute for International Studies, and it’s also free and open to the public. Should be interesting. Maybe they’ll even talk about Michelle and the Queen.