The Dangerous State of the World and the Need for Fit Leadership
12:45pm to 5pm – 19 March 2019
National Press Club Grand Ballroom, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045
A panel of leading experts from across disciplines come together for the first time at this urgent time to discuss presidential fitness
Washington, DC — The World Mental Health Coalition (WMHC) is an organization of mental health experts whose mission is to educate and empower the public and policymakers through scientific information about dangerousness and violence risk as this information pertains to government leaders. Its service is to provide consultation to government bodies upon request, so that they may proceed with their political processes in an informed way. For future prevention of dangers, it calls for mandatory fitness-for-duty assessments for all presidential and vice-presidential candidates.
A multidisciplinary panel of scholars and mental health professionals will gather at the National Press Club to discuss the global rise of unfit leadership and the costs of mental instability in a president. We bring together nine panelists—including many of the top minds in psychiatry, law, history, political science, economics, social psychology, propaganda, climate science, and nuclear science—who share the specific ways that psychological dangerousness in the presidency translate into social, cultural, and geopolitical dangerousness.
The technology and the extensive war-making powers that are available to our president, in his unstable state, make this perhaps one of the most dangerous moments in the history of our nation and the world. Just when a correct appraisal is most urgent, expert voices are all but lacking in public discourse. We believe that clear analysis of a situation is the first step toward finding an informed and effective solution.
Bandy Lee – Leading Violence Expert, Forensic Psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine, President of the World Mental Health Coalition
Jerrold Post – former Leading CIA Psychological Profiler and Director of Political Psychology Program at George Washington University
Jeffrey Sachs – Leading Economist, University Professor, and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University
Richard Painter – former Chief White House Ethics Counsel for the Bush/Cheney Administration and Professor of Law at University of Minnesota
Ruth Ben-Ghiat – Leading Historian, Professor at New York University, and Expert on Fascism, Authoritarianism, War, and Propaganda
Gar Alperovitz – Leading Political Scientist, Founding Fellow of leading Policy Institutes, and former Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland
Philip Zimbardo – Leading Social Psychologist and Principal Investigator of the Stanford Prison Experiment
Joseph Romm – Leading Climate Expert, former Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
Scott Ritter – Leading Nuclear Expert and former United Nations Weapons Inspector in Iraq
Jason Stanley – Leading Philosopher of Language and Epistemology and Professor at Yale University
David Cay Johnston – Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Journalist and Reporter on Worldwide Tax, Public Finance, and Business
Jamie Raskin – U.S. Representative for Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District
Mehdi Hasan – British Political Journalist and Broadcaster for Al Jazeera and the Intercept
In addition to the audience in the National Press Club’s ballroom, there will be live streaming the Conference for people to join from around the country and worldwide (please check for instructions on our web site that day). Immediately after the Conference, there will be a reception that includes the launch of the second edition of the New YorkTimes bestselling book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. Media are invited to interview Panelists and Authors in a side room during the reception. Finally, there will be a documentary film and a publication of proceedings related to this event.
2:45 to 1:00 – Special multimedia presentation
1:00 to 2:30 – Panelist presentations and conversation with ongoing big screen presentation
2:30 to 3:00 – Questions first from VIP guests then from audience
3:00 to 5:00 – Media interviews, reception, and book launch for second edition of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump
6:00 to 8:00 – Dinner at Fourth Estate Press Club Restaurant for Panelists
Former CIA psychiatrist and director of the Political Psychology Program at George Washington University
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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH COALITION
FORMERLY NATIONAL COALITION OF CONCERNED MENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS
Meet the 37 authors of the new book and thousands of other professionals who have come together in historically unprecedented ways to offer our consensus view that Donald Trump’s mental state presents a clear and present danger to the world.
An ethics conference on the topic at Yale School of Medicine in 2017 drew national attention and led to the first book, which became an instant New York Times bestseller and the Washington Post’s “most courageous book of the year.” Demands for an update gave rise to a second book, which will be released on March 19, 2019. Meanwhile, we have become the nation’s first major mental health professionals-only organization to address the issue of dangerous mental instability in the highest office of the land. Joining with our international partners, we have recently renamed ourselves the World Mental Health Coalition.
While Mr. Trump in the office of the U.S. presidency is our greatest and most immediate concern, we are also working toward prevention by helping humanity to build for itself a healthier and more sustainable world where impaired leaders are less likely to rise to power. While we can assess societal mental health, we cannot improve it on our own. Multidisciplinary partnerships are necessary to that end, and we invite you to join us in this endeavor. Our first action is a multidisciplinary conference, to occur on March 19, 2019, in Washington, DC. For more information or to register, please click here.
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Lawrence O’Donnell opened his first show of the year stating that the authors of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” were right, including in their warning that he would grow worse. Click here to watch.