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Episode #3 Steven Feldstein: Emerging technologies, human rights and why democracies need to be renewed?


Steven Feldstein is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, where he focuses on issues of democracy, technology, human rights, U.S. foreign policy, conflict trends, and Africa. He is also an associate professor and the holder of the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University.

Feldstein most recently served as a deputy assistant secretary in the Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Bureau in the U.S. Department of State, where he had responsibility for Africa policy, international labor affairs, and international religious freedom. Previously he was the director of the office of policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and also served as counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where he oversaw U.S. foreign assistance programs, State Department management and operations, and international organizations.

Feldstein is currently writing a book on the intersection of advanced technology, global repression, and governance. His articles and commentary have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Journal of Democracy, Just Security, the National Interest, Salon, the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, Newsweek, World Politics Review, and the Conversation.

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