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Former New York Times Reporter Chris Wren to Discuss Arab Revolt

March 30, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT—Chris Wren, a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times, will discuss the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6 at the Chase Community Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Photo of Chris Wren and students.

Christopher Wren speaking with students at VLS.

Wren, whose talk is titled "The Rule of Law and the Arab Revolt: A Journalist's Perspective," reported and edited for the Times for nearly 29 years. He was the Times' bureau chief in Cairo from 1977 to 1980. He also headed the Times' bureaus in Moscow, Beijing, Ottawa and Johannesburg and later covered the United Nations. He reported from throughout the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, China, Africa, South America and Canada. He has written five books and co-authored three others and is on the advisory board of the VLS International and Comparative Law program.

"The spontaneous uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa have been prompted by popular demands for free elections, fair employment, term limits for rulers, the dismantling of institutional corruption and the ousting of brutal officials," Wren said. "Such reforms would hardly ruffle the West, but they are toppling Arab regimes and recasting the face of the Middle East and North Africa. The Al-Jezeera television network and various social media have given protesters instant communication. They are motivated neither by Islamist or Marxist ideologies, but by aspiration for the rule of law they see in the West. Arab people long feared their governments; now the same governments fear their people. Yet the triumph of rule of law is far from assured."

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations
Office: 802.831.1106, cell: 540.798.7099, jcramer@vermontlaw.edu

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