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Colleges To Host Day-Long Symposium on Iraq, Terrorism, and the Future of International Relations

Four scholars from across the nation will join HWS faculty and special guest Nancy Soderberg to discuss “A New World Order”

February 28, 2003 Geneva, N.Y. – After September 11th and America's declared “War on Terrorism,” there is a clear need to engage in an informed discussion on the issues that appear to be most pressing for our students, our community, and society in general. To that end, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host a symposium on Monday, March 24, titled “A New World Order? Iraq, Terrorism, and the Future of International Relations.” All events are free and the public is invited to attend any or all of the day’s activities.

The purpose of the symposium is to gather experts from various disciplines and academic interests, and engage in an exchange of ideas concerning the causes, effects, and responses to modern terrorism. The symposium is being organized by the Colleges’
international relations program, with co-sponsorship from the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, the Young Memorial Trust Fund, the Fisher Center, the religious studies and political science departments.

The symposium will feature:
• John Esposito, founding director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, professor at Georgetown University, an expert on religion and terrorism;
• Cynthia Weber, a professor of international studies at the University of Leeds (UK) and visiting professor at New School University;
• As'ad AbuKhalil, an expert on U.S. policy in the Middle East and professor at California State University, Stanislaus;
• Naeem Inayatullah, professor of politics at Ithaca College, who will speak on the U.S. War on Terrorism and the future of international relations; and,
• as keynote speaker, Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Security Council.

Ambassador Soderberg, whose address at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library will be titled “The Future of International Relations,” will be part of President Mark Gearan’s President’s Forum Series as well as the capstone speaker for the symposium.

“Ambassador Soderberg’s extensive background and experience in international relations will add great deal to the President’s Forum Series,” said Gearan. “I’m delighted that she could join us for this symposium. I know that students, faculty, staff and other guests will benefit a great deal from what she has to say.”

Ambassador Soderberg joined the International Crisis Group (ICG) in April, 2001, as vice president and director of the New York office. ICG, based in Brussels, is an international non-profit organization, which advocates policies to prevent and contain conflict. Prior to joining the ICG she held high-level posts in the White House, at the United Nations, and in the U.S. Congress, including serving as deputy assistant to the President for national security affairs, and as alternate representative to the United Nations as a Presidential appointee, with the rank of Ambassador. She has also worked as the senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

The events earlier in the day are as follows (all discussions and presentations will be held in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library):

10:10-11:05 a.m. – “The American War on Terror and the Future of International Relations” by Naeem Inayatullah. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Ithaca College, Inayatullah is the co-author of “The Colonial Legacy of International Relations” (forthcoming, 2003) and co-editor of “The Global Economy as Political Space” (1994). His research interests include international political economy and Third World politics.

11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.—”Terror in the Middle East: Determinants and Characteristics of U.S. Foreign Policy” by As’ad AbuKhalil. AbuKhalil is an expert on Middle Eastern affairs, and professor at California State University, Stanislaus. He is the author of ” Bin Laden, Islam, and America's New “War on Terrorism” (Seven Stories Press, 2002). He received his B.A. and M.A. in political science from the American University of Beirut, and his Ph.D. from Georgetown University.

1:30 – 2:50 p.m.— “American Morality Post-September 11th: Cinema, War, and Moral Grammars” by Cynthia Weber, professor of international studies at the University of Leeds (UK). Weber is particularly interested in examining what it means to be a moral American/America and how Americans/America might act ethically in our contemporary, post-9/11 world. Her work examines how Americans in America are exploring this question through their engagements with films that were released or re-released in the six-plus months after September 11.

3-4:30 p.m.—”Terror and Religion,” by John Esposito. Esposito is the founding director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and Professor at Georgetown University. His specialty is political Islam and the impact of Islamic movements from North Africa to Southeast Asia. He is editor-in-chief of the four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and The Oxford History of Islam, and author of more than 25 books. His two most recent books, “Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam,” and “What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam,” were published in 2002.

Political Science Professor Kevin Dunn, one of the organizers of the symposium, noted that “After the events of September 11, 2001, it became commonplace to hear pundits quip that our world would no longer be the same. But what type of world would it become exactly? A year and a half later, it is still unclear what type of “new world order” would emerge out of the rubble of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Kabul. As America's “War on Terror” transforms into a war on Iraq, for many observers the characteristics of this “new world order” have become murkier, rather than clearer in the past year. I hope that this symposium will offer some answers to those in attendance.”

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[Photos of all participants are available on the symposium Web site:]