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BGIA Presents James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series This Fall

Emily M. Darow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard Program on Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) presents the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series on four Thursdays this fall. The series is named in honor of the late director of the BGIA program. The lectures are free and open to the public and begin at 6:15 p.m. at Bard Hall, 410 West 58th Street, New York. Reservations are required, as seating is limited. On September 14, the topic is “Five Years Later: Are We Prepared?” The speakers are Paul Browne, deputy commissioner of public information, New York City Police Department, and former chief of staff, U.S. Treasury Department Office of Enforcement; and Richard K. Betts, professor of political science and director of the Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, commissioner to the National Commission on Terrorism, and author of Surprise Attack: Lessons for Defense Planning. Browne served as deputy director of the international police monitors in Haiti, helping to establish an interim police force during the United States–led “Operation Restore Democracy.” For his service in Haiti, he was awarded the Commander’s Medal for Public Service by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Betts is also the author of Soldiers, Statesmen, and Cold War Crises; Nuclear Blackmail and Nuclear Balance; and Military Readiness and editor of Conflict after the Cold War: Arguments on Causes of War and Peace. He received the Woodrow Wilson Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book in political science. Ray Takeyh, author of the forthcoming Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic (Times Books/Henry Holt, October 2006), and senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; and James A. Phillips, research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, Heritage Foundation, discuss “Iran: Our Gravest Threat?” on October 12. Takeyh’s other books include The Receding Shadow of the Prophet: The Rise and Fall of Radical Political Islam and The Origins of the Eisenhower Doctrine: The United States, Britain and Nasser’s Egypt, 1953–1957. He is currently writing a book on Iranian foreign policy. Takeyh is a former professor at the National Defense University. Phillips is a veteran foreign policy specialist who has written extensively on Middle Eastern affairs and international terrorism since 1978. He is a former research fellow at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress and a former joint doctoral research fellow at the East-West Center. He is a member of the Committee on the Present Danger, a bipartisan group dedicated to winning the war on terrorism, and is a member of the board of editors of Middle East Quarterly “Latin America’s New Left: Implications for Inter-American Relations” is the topic of the presentation on November 9 by Javier Corrales, associate professor of political science at Amherst College and author of Presidents Without Parties: The Politics of Economic Reform in Argentina and Venezuela in the 1990s; and Omar Encarnación, associate professor of political studies at Bard College and author of The Myth of Civil Society: Social Capital and Democratic Consolidation in Spain and Brazil. The fall 2006 series concludes on December 14 with a discussion of “Russia Rising: Eurasia, the United States, and the European Union,” by John Hulsman, author of Paradigm for the New World Order and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; and Anatol Lieven, author of The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence and senior research fellow, New America Foundation. Hulsman and Lieven are coauthors of Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’ Role in the World. The series is named in honor of James Clarke Chace (1931–2004), who was one of America’s leading foreign policy thinkers and historians. At the time of his death, Chace held the position of the Paul W. Williams Professor of Government and Public Law and Administration and was director of the BGIA Program at Bard College. The Bard Program on Globalization and International Affairs offers students in their third or fourth year of college a unique opportunity to live in Manhattan and study with eminent scholars, journalists, and leading figures in the field of foreign relations. For reservations or further information, call 212-333-7575, e-mail, or visit # # # (8/22/06)

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This event was last updated on 02-13-2007