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Virtual Event | The Center Must Hold with Michèle Flournoy and Richard Fontaine

Jul 23, 2024
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET

A new book, The Center Must Hold: Why Centrism is the Answer to Extremism and Polarization, offers a comprehensive centrist approach to the major challenges facing the world today. Collated and edited by Yair Zivan, The Center Must Hold features essays from world leaders, business executives, and scholars including Michèle Flournoy, former under secretary of defense for policy and chair of the CNAS Board of Directors, and Richard Fontaine, chief executive officer of CNAS.

Please join CNAS on Tuesday, July 23, from 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET for a discussion about the book with Michèle Flournoy, Richard Fontaine, and Yair Zivan. They will explore what centrism means, and arguments for why it is the most effective antidote to extremist politics and as a successful way to lead countries. The event will be moderated by Senior Fellow Carrie Cordero.

Yair Zivan is the editor and author of the recently published, The Center Must Hold. He has served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Yair Lapid, leader of Israel's largest centrist political party since 2014 throughout his tenures as Leader of the Opposition, Foreign Minister and Prime Minister of Israel.

Featured Speakers:

Michèle Flournoy
Chair, CNAS Board of Directors
Co-founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors

Richard Fontaine
Chief Executive Officer, CNAS

Yair Zivan
Editor and Author, The Center Must Hold

Moderated by:

Carrie Cordero
Senior Fellow, CNAS

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