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Citizen's forum on current foreign policy issues to be held at Wake Forest University

March 6, 2009

The Center for International Studies at Wake Forest University presents Great Decisions 2009, a weekly citizens’ forum on current foreign policy issues, from March 19 through April 23. Each session will be held at 7 p.m. in Room A102 at the Scales Fine Arts Center.  The series is free and open to the public.

A specific topic will be addressed each week by a Wake Forest faculty expert in the relevant field.  This year’s topics and lecturers are:

March 19:  “Afghanistan and Pakistan,” with discussion led by Charles Kennedy, professor of political science and director of the Middle East and South Asia studies minor.

March 26:  “Human Rights in a New Era:  Wars for Peace,” led by Sarah Lischer, assistant professor of political science and author of “Dangerous Sanctuaries: Refugee Camps, Civil War, and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid.”

April 2:  “The U.S. and the Rising Powers,” led by Wei-Chin Lee, professor of political science.  His article “Long Shot and Short Hit:  China as a Military Power and Its Implications for the U.S. and Taiwan” was recently published in the Journal of Asian and African Studies.

April 9:  “Global Food Crisis,” led by Joseph Daniels, the Farr Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Economics and contributor to “Guiding Global Order:  G8 Governance in the Twenty First Century.”

April 16:  “Cuba on the Verge,” led by Peter Siavelis, associate professor of political science and co-editor of the recent book, “Pathways to Power:  Political Recruitment and Candidate Selection in Latin America.”

April 23:  “Energy and the Global Economy,” led by Robert Whaples, professor and chair of the economics department, and director of E.H. Net, the Web site of the Economic History Service.

The Great Decisions Series is a national foreign policy education program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. Founded in 1918, the FPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental educational organization that strives to educate Americans about the significant international issues that influence their lives.

For more information about the Great Decisions Series call (336) 758-5938 or visit

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

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