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Deep State: Persecution or Paranoia

Monday, June 19 @ 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conference Center 130 East Randolph Street 60601 Chicago , IL

Michael J. Glennon, Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Mike Lofgren, Former Senior Analyst, United States Congress. Moderated by Jerome McDonnell, Host, Worldview, WBEZ.

During his first few weeks in the White House President Trump confronted a series of damaging leaks originating, he alleged, from within US intelligence community. Many of Trump’s allies argue that these disclosures prove the existence of a shadow government of ideologically-hostile bureaucrats, scheming to derail his presidency. Other world leaders have made similar assertions, including Turkey’s President Erdogan, who last summer clamped down on what he charged was a massive coup, orchestrated by a “deep state” conspiracy. How should these claims be assessed? Does insider plotting pose a real threat to elected governments, or are deep state accusations a political ploy?

This program is presented in partnership with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and is being recorded to be broadcast on WBEZ's Worldview.

Copies of Michael Glennon’s National Security and Double Government and Mike Lofgren’s The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government will be available for sale and signing by The Book Cellar at the program.


Speaker Biographies:

Michael J. Glennon
Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Michael J. Glennon is Professor of International Law at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. Prior to teaching, Glennon was legal counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has since taught at the United States Military Academy in West Point, the Hague Academy of International Law, the University of Paris II, and as a Fulbright scholar in Lithuania. Glennon has served as a consultant to various congressional committees, the US State Department, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. His op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Financial Times.

Mike Lofgren
Former Senior Analyst, United States Congress

Mike Lofgren is an author and former Congressional aide. Lofgren spent twenty-eight years in Congress, the last sixteen as a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget committees. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Party is Over. He has written for The Washington Post, the Los Angeles TimesPolitico, and Truthout and has appeared on Bill MoyersHardball, and To the Point. Lofgren holds a BA and MA and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the Universities of Berne and Basel in Switzerland.

Jerome McDonnell
Host, Worldview, WBEZ

Jerome McDonnell is the host of Worldview, WBEZ’s global affairs-focused program which delves into the people and forces shaping Chicago’s world communities, exploring issues through in-depth series and public events. McDonnell has produced several shows for Chicago’s National Public Radio affiliate and has hosted Worldview since 1994.

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