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Border security policies topic of guest lecture at New Mexico State University

The department of government at New Mexico State University will host a presentation on border security issues Thursday, Oct. 18.

sentation, titled "Windows and Mirrors: The U. S. Borderlands in Theory and Policy," will be from 2 to 3 p.m. in Breland Hall, Room 333. Jason Ackleson, who recently received a doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science, will discuss aspects of the security policies implemented along the United States - Mexico border.

Ackleson's discussion will focus on how the policies affect concepts of nationalism and identity. He will provide an assessment of the effectiveness of the policies in achieving their stated goal of reducing illegal immigration and will examine how such policies are perceived by people living in border communities.

A recruitment reception will follow the presentation, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Ackleson received a bachelor's degree in government from New Mexico State in 1997 and a doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science this year. He received the British Marshall Scholarship in 1997, was a National Harry S. Truman Scholar in 1996 and served as the senior/managing editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies from 1998 to 2000.

The reception will provide information about the options for graduate studies in the government department. Students in the department may pursue a master of public administration degree or a master of arts in government degree. Additionally, a joint master of public administration and master of criminal justice degree program is offered in conjunction with the criminal justice department. All three programs are offered in the evening.

For more information on either event, contact Nadia Rubaii-Barrett, director of the MPA program, at 646-3539 or nrubaii@nmsu.edu.