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NMSU series to focus on key domestic, foreign policy issues

Three top experts on American foreign policy and the Middle East will visit New Mexico State University this spring as part of the Nick Franklin Lecture Series, named after a graduate and outstanding alumnus of the NMSU Department of Government.

Subrata Ghoshroy, Fawaz Gerges - Guest lecturers for the Nick Franklin Lecture Series for Spring 2007 (All submitted photos)

"This series was launched with the generous support of Franklin, a great friend of our university and our department," said Yosef Lapid, department head. "The purpose of the series is to give our university community and the greater Las Cruces community an opportunity to hear diverse and thoughtful perspectives on key domestic and international issues. With the Bush administration gearing up for major foreign policy changes, we wanted to turn our attention to issues related to nuclear proliferation, U.S. strategy in the Middle East, and religion as it affects American identity and foreign policy. Fortunately, we were able to pull together resources from a number of sources and line up three exciting presentations."

The first speaker, Subrata Ghoshroy, will discuss the promotion of nuclear stability in South Asia and the Middle East. His lecture is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Creative Media Institute's Digital Media Theater, Room 171, in Milton Hall. Ghoshroy is a leading expert on non-proliferation, space weaponization and global security. He directs the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's "Promoting Nuclear Stability in South Asia Project." Before joining MIT, Ghoshroy was a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, a senior defense analyst at the Government Accountability Office, and a staff member of the House International Relations Committee and House Armed Services Committee.

Fawaz Gerges, the second speaker, will discuss U.S. strategy in the Middle East. His discussion will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium, Room 194. Gerges is a leading expert on the Middle East, terrorism and energy policy. His special interests are Islam and the political process, Jihadist movements, Arab politics and American foreign policy in the Middle East. Gerges, who has taught at Oxford, Harvard, Columbia and Princeton universities, holds the Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He is a senior analyst and regular commentator for ABC-TV news and a commentator on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition." Gerges also has appeared on such television and radio networks as Al-Jazeera, the BBC, CNN and CBS.

The third lecturer, Walter A. McDougall, will discuss religion and American identity from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium. McDougall is the Alloy-Ansin Professor of History and International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow at Philadelphia's Foreign Policy Research Institute. He has written many books and articles, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age" and "Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776."

The Spring 2007 program of the Nick Franklin Lecture Series is sponsored by the NMSU President's Office/International Relations Institute, College of Arts and Sciences, International and Border Programs, Department of Government, and the "Project 1776" Grant Program. All lectures are free and open to the public.