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The New Authoritarianism: Can America Meet the Challenge?

April 10, 2018
5:30 PM MDT - 7:30 PM MDT
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Lakewood Country Club
6800 W 10th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214
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Former Ambassador Chris Hill and professor and pollster, Floyd Ciruli, will discuss the rise of a host of powerful and aggressive authoritarian leaders, the danger to democracy and what should be America’s response.

Event Details
5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.:  Networking Reception
6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Presentation & Audience Q+A

About the Speakers

Ambassador Christopher Hill is currently the chief advisor to the chancellor for global engagement and professor of the practice in diplomacy at the University of Denver. Prior to this position, he was the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University.He is an author, a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate, and a highly sought public speaker and voice in the media on international affairs. 

Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq (April 2009-August 2010). Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2004-2005), Ambassador to Poland (2000-2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999) and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). He also served as a Special Assistant to the President and a Senior Director on the staff of the National Security Council (1999-2000).

Floyd Ciruli founded Ciruli Associates in 1985, a consulting firm specializing in public policy and research, and is currently a professor and the Director of the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. 

Mr. Ciruli holds a law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree cum laude in political science from UCLA. He is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), and is the past-president of the Pacific Chapter of AAPOR (PAPOR). Mr. Ciruli is widely known to Colorado audiences as a pollster and political analyst for 9-KUSA TV, KOA Radio and The Denver Post. In 2016, Mr. Ciruli was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame. He hosts the state’s leading blog for politics and trends at