Founder and President, The Global Parliament of Mayors Project
Benjamin R. Barber is a Senior Research Scholar at The Graduate Center, CUNY, Founder of the Interdependence Movement, and Walt Whitman Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University. Dr. Barber is the author of 17 books, including the classic Strong Democracy, the international best-seller Jihad vs. McWorld and his new book If Mayors Ruled the World. Dr. Barber appears frequently in broadcast media and domestic and international news publications, and he consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the U.S. (President Bill Clinton, Governor Howard Dean) and around the world. He writes and speaks on a wide variety of questions connected to democracy and citizenship, including the arts, education, globalization, terrorism, and the new politics of the Middle East and North Africa.