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Benjamin R. Barber is a political theorist and professor at the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Policy, perhaps best known for his 1996 bestseller, “Jihad vs. McWorld”. As a political theorist, Barber argues for a renewed focus on civil society and involved citizenship as tools for building effective democracy, particularly in the post-Cold War world. Benjamin Barber has been a Senior Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy since 2005.
He has served as an advisor to various politicians in the United States and around the world, including Bill Clinton and Howard Dean. Dean made Barber his foreign policy advisor in his 2004 campaign.
He has also moonlighted as a playwright, novelist and songwriter.