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~Wellesley College Lecture Will Focus on U.S. Foreign Policy~

For immediate release:
April 17, 2003

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- On Friday, April 25, at 4:15 pm in Jewett Auditorium at Wellesley College, Robert O. Keohane, professor of political science at Duke University, will present the Carolyn Wilson Lecture, "Unilateralism and Multilateralism in American Foreign Policy."

"Keohane, the leading American theorist of international relations, argues that even though the Bush administration prefers a unilateral foreign policy, it has actually pursued a multilateral approach to the new security problems after 9/11, and it is likely to continue to do so after the war ends," said Craig Murphy, Wellesley professor of political science. "This reliance on multilateral cooperation by a unilateralist superpower demonstrates the significance of the United Nations and other global agencies."

In November, Keohane wrote on lessons to be learned about multilateral institutions in the aftermath of Sept. 11, noting, "The significance of such institutions cannot properly be inferred from the inclination of liberal political leaders to rely on them, since these leaders could have been deceived (according to realists) by liberal political thought. A better test of significance comes when those who prefer unilateral action and resist multilateralism are in power. If these leaders also rely on multilateral institutions, the reason must lie not in the illusions with which they entered office, but with some environmental conditions that lead them, despite their inclinations, toward multilateral institutions."

Keohane is the husband of Duke President and former Wellesley President Nannerl Keohane '61. For more information, call 781-283-2195.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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