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THE BARD GLOBALIZATION AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS PROGRAM PRESENTS THE JAMES CLARKE CHACE SPEAKER SERIES THIS SPRING IN NEW YORK CITY "The Future of Middle East Security," topic of May 12 talk by Fawaz Gerges, Sarah Lawrence College, and author of the The Jihadists: Unholy Warriors

Emily M. Darrow
Inaugural lecture on February 7 by Walter Russell Mead on “Power, Terror, Peace, and War” ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program will present the James Clarke Chace Speaker Series this spring, named in honor of the former director of the program. The series is free and open to the public; each lecture will begin at 6:15 p.m. at Bard Hall, 410 West 58th Street, New York. Reservations are required, as seating is limited. The inaugural lecture of the series will be given on Monday, February 7, by Walter Russell Mead, the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations. Mead is the author of Power, Terror, Peace, and War; America’s Grand Strategy in a World at Risk and Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How it Changed the World, which received the Lionel Gelber Prize. He will speak about “Power, Terror, Peace, and War.” Mead is a leading interpreter of the history of U.S. foreign policy and America’s role in the world; in addition, he is an expert in international political economy, domestic politics, and religion and foreign policy. The series continues on Thursday, March 3, with the lecture “The UN and the Prevention of Genocide,” given by Juan Méndez, special adviser on the prevention of genocide, United Nations, and president, International Center for Transitional Justice. Méndez has dedicated his legal career to the defense of human rights and has a long and distinguished record of advocacy throughout the Americas. He worked with Human Rights Watch for more than 15 years, becoming general counsel in 1994. From 1996–99, Méndez was the executive director of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, and between 1999–2004 he was professor of law and director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame. On Thursday, April 14, Charles Armstrong, associate professor of history, Columbia University, and Leon Sigal, director, Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project, Social Science Research Council, will speak about “The North Korean Question.” Armstrong specializes in modern Korean, East Asian, and international history. He was educated at Yale University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. in 1994. His published works include The North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950 and Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy, and the State. He is currently working on a study of North Korea in the international system, a history of modern East Asia, and a history of the two Koreas. Sigal’s book Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea was one of five nominees for the Lionel Gelber Prize for 1997–98 and received the 1998 American Academy of Diplomacy’s Douglas Dillon Award for Distinguished Writing on American Diplomacy. His most recent book is Hang Separately: Cooperative Security Between the United States and Russia, 1985–1994. The final lecture in the series, “The Future of Middle East Security,” by Fawaz Gerges, Christian A. Johnson Chairholder in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies, Sarah Lawrence College, and author of the upcoming book The Jihadists: Unholy Warriors, will be on Thursday, May 12. Gerges is a consultant and regular commentator for ABC News. He has won several academic awards, one of which is a two-year MacArthur fellowship. Gerges has spent the past two years conducting field research on relations between the Islamists and the West in six Arab countries. He is the author of America and Political Islam: Clash of Interests or Clash of Cultures?; The Islamists and the West: Ideology vs. Pragmatism; The Superpowers and the Middle East: Regional and International Politics, 1955–1967; and The Clinton Administration’s Approach Toward Islamist Movements. 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 Globalization and International Affairs Program 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 or e-mail For further information about the program, visit # # # (1/19/05)

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This event was last updated on 05-16-2005