Iowa State political science experts to discuss U.S. foreign policy of second Bush Administration

AMES, Iowa -- Four Iowa State University political science experts will discuss U.S. foreign policy in the second administration of President George W. Bush at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Panel members will discuss issues ranging from the naming of Condoleezza Rice as the United States Secretary of State to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Panel members are James McCormick, professor and chair of political science, author of "American Foreign Policy and Process" and co-author of "The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy"; Eric McGlinchey, assistant professor of political science, expert on political Islam in central Asia and member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Program on New Approaches to Russian Security based in Washington, D.C.; Richard Mansbach, professor of political science and author of "The Global Puzzle: Issues and Actors in World Politics;" and Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science, host of "Dr. Politics" on WOI Radio, Ames, and co-author of "American Government and Politics Today."

"I would imagine folks are likely to be interested in Iraq and the endless insurgency, the dollar and global finance, the future of European-American relations, the nuclear rogues (Iran and North Korea), the war on terrorism and China -- trading partner and strategic ally or emerging foe," Mansbach said.

Schmidt said the event also might examine "the persistent trends in United States foreign policy since the founding of the republic -- the use of force, economic leverage, going it alone -- and how those issues continue to manifest themselves in the Bush administration."

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