Day-Long Symposium on Iraq, Terrorism, and the Future of International Relations – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Day-Long Symposium on Iraq, Terrorism, and the Future of International Relations

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. WEOS (89.7 / 90.3 / 88.1 FM) will broadcast the entire symposium, barring breaking news items. The coverage will start at 10 a.m. This broadcast will also be available in the library atrium and the Cellar Pub, on campus. Photos of the events so far are available here.

The keynote speaker will be 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 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.

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, University of Leeds (UK) and Visiting Professor, New School University. Weber's research is located at the intersections of international relations theory, American studies, gender and queer theory and cultural studies. Weber is particularly interested in examining what it means to be a moral American/America and how might Americans/America act ethically in our contemporary, post-9/11 world. She is the author of “IR Theory: A Critical Introduction,” (2001), and “Faking It: U.S. Hegemony in a 'Post-Phallic' Era” (1999).

3-4:30 p.m.—”Political Democratization,” by Mehrzad Boroujerdi. Boroujerdi is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the political science department at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is also the co-director of the minor in Middle East Studies at Syracuse University, and the author of “Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of Nativism” (Syracuse University Press, 1996). Boroujerdi's research interest has so far focused on how Middle Eastern intellectual elites are coming to terms with the multifaceted challenge of modernity. This issue is of immense importance since it affects prospects for political democratization in one of the most economically vital regions of the world.