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~National Experts To Dissect War in Iraq at Wellesley College Oct. 2~

For immediate release:
September 10, 2003

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Six months after the liberation of Baghdad on April 9, America is still facing instability in Iraq, and a debate is raging in the country: Has American policy succeeded in ridding the world of a tyrant, bolstering human rights in Iraq and making America more secure? Or has the Iraq war become a fiasco -- a prolonged occupation in a hostile country, leading to regional instability and greater threats to America? Wellesley College has invited four leading experts to explore these questions on the half-year anniversary of the entry of American soldiers into the Iraqi capital.

Wellesley College history professor William Hitchcock, author of The Struggle for Europe: The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent (Doubleday, 2002), will moderate the panel of experts on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 pm in Jewett Auditorium on the Wellesley College campus. "Iraq: Assessing American Policy Six Months After the Liberation of Baghdad" will be followed by questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

Two Wellesley professors, Katherine Moon, an expert on U.S.-Korean relations, and Thomas Cushman, a sociologist with a keen interest in human rights, will join Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and a popular commentator on television news programs, and Paul Kennedy, a historian from Yale who's also a Los Angeles Times columnist.

“This is a chance to take an overall view of America’s Iraq policy, and the wider position of the United States in today’s world,” Hitchcock says. “In the run up to war, there was a great debate about the impact of a war in Iraq. Some suggested a war would make America safer from terrorism, liberate a grateful nation and start the democratic transformation of the Middle East. But others said the war would harm U.S. interests, trigger retaliation, and anger America’s allies. So here we are, six months later, and it is time to start assessing who got it right, and why.”

Moon will address the connections between U.S. policy in Iraq and the growing threat posed by North Korea. Cushman will discuss the human-rights perspective of the war, and make a case for the moral imperative of using American power to unseat tyrannical leaders like Saddam Hussein. O'Hanlon, an expert on American military and strategic issues, will assess the challenges the U.S. military now faces on the ground in Iraq. Kennedy will look at the big picture, reflecting on what the Iraq war tells us about America’s global ambitions, and whether it has the power to sustain them.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information, contact the Wellesley College Office for Public Information at 781-283-3321.


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