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Talks Sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy, April 12 & 14

Aryeh Neier, president of the Open Society Institute, will speak on "Democracy Promotion in the Middle East" on Monday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 120. And Donald Pogue, a judge on the U.S. Court of International Trade, will speak on "GATT, Judicial Review, and Lawyering in Uncertain Times" on Wednesday, April 14, at 1:10 p.m., in Room 122. Both talks are sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy at Yale and are free and open to the public.

Aryeh Neier is President of the Open Society Institute (OSI). Prior to joining OSI in September 1993, Neier spent twelve years as executive director of Human Rights Watch, of which he was a founder. Prior to that, he worked for the American Civil Liberties Union for fifteen years, including eight as national director. Neier is the author of six books--including his latest, Taking Liberties: Four Decades in the Struggle for Rights (2003, Public Affairs)--and dozens of articles and op-eds.

Neier will speak about ways that the U.S. and the international community can promote democracy in the Middle East. In particular, Neier is expected to focus on how the support of civil society institutions can help strengthen democracy in the Middle East.

Donald C. Pogue '73 was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade (USCIT) by President Clinton in 1995. In addition to his responsibilities as one of the nine members of the court, he serves as chair of the court's Long Range Planning Committee and chair of the court's Budget Committee. Before his appointment to the USCIT, Pogue served as a judge in Connecticut's Superior Court. He was appointed to the bench in 1994 and presided in criminal court in New Haven.

Pogue will discuss the process of creative legal practice as it relates to issues of global trade, labor, and the intersection of trade and the modern global economy.

Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) at Yale is a non-partisan educational organization that raises awareness in the U.S. about world opinions, with an aim toward promoting a more multilateral American foreign policy. AID at Yale is part of a global AID network, which has representation on more than 90 universities throughout the world.

Since its establishment in the Fall of 2003, AID at Yale has brought together more than five hundred young leaders and concerned citizens to discuss anti-Americanism, the compatibility of the Western and Islamic worlds, and the war in Iraq. For more information about AID, visit