July 20

Whistleblowers & Dissidents: A Blurred Line?

In-Person Event

Whistleblowers & Dissidents: A Blurred Line?

Rings of Power actress and Iranian activist Nazanin Boniadi, former White House official Olivia Troye, “Anonymous” whistleblower Miles Taylor, and RDI’s award-winning Zimbabwean human rights activist Evan Mawarire discussed what unites whistleblowers at home with dissidents abroad. Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor at National Review, moderated.


Nazanin Boniadi is an Iranian-born, award nominated actress and renowned activist, with a focus on the unjust treatment of Iranian youth, women and prisoners of conscience. She is an Ambassador for Amnesty International UK, the 2023 Sydney Peace Prize laureate and has emerged as a leading voice for Iran’s ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ uprisings on the global stage.

Olivia Troye is a national security expert and national media commentator. She has served as Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to the Vice President of the United States and in several leadership and advisory roles at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the intelligence community, and the Department of Defense (DOD)
More recently, Troye is focused on countering domestic and political extremism and disinformation targeting individuals and brands.

Miles Taylor is a national security expert who works in Washington, DC. Taylor previously served as chief of staff at the US Department of Homeland Security, where he published an “Anonymous” essay in The New York Times, blowing the whistle on presidential misconduct. He later published the #1 national bestseller A Warning, revealed himself to be the author, and launched a campaign of ex-officials to oppose Donald Trump’s reelection.

Evan Mawarire is director of the Frontlines of Freedom program at the Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI). He is the founder of the #ThisFlag movement in Zimbabwe, which confronted corruption, injustice, and poverty, and was instrumental in unseating Robert Mugabe.

Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review and a book fellow of the National Review Institute. He writes about a variety of subjects, including politics, foreign affairs, and the arts. His latest book is Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators.