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Foreign Policy Experts to Discuss Issues Impacting 2012 Election at Midland University

Foreign Policy Experts to Discuss Issues Impacting 2012 Election at Midland University

Oct 3rd , 2011

Midland University President, Dr. Ben Sasse, invited the Fremont community to take part in a discussion on campus next week as Midland welcomes two highly-regarded experts discussing challenges presented by terrorism and previewing issues likely to impact the 2012 election.

A former senior Bush administration official, William Inboden, was the director for strategic planning on the National Security Council at the White House, and prior to that held senior adviser appointments at the U.S. Department of State. Also participating is Daniel Kliman, a visiting fellow at the Center for a New American Security focusing on Asian-Pacific security issues.

Both will take part in several discussions hosted by Midland University on Tuesday, Oct. 4 as part of Midland’s annual Academic Encounter Day.
Dr. Sasse said, “We are honored and excited to have two nationally-recognized foreign policy experts with whom our campus community and Fremont partners can engage. The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are central to understanding American influence within a global context and this event will be a great opportunity for the exchange of dialogue and ideas.”

Midland will host a luncheon in the Events Center lobby at noon featuring a discussion led by Inboden and Kliman on the troop surge in Afghanistan, the impact of military deployments, and providing an update on the country’s current state of affairs. The luncheon is free to those who register in advance, and will be $5 at the door as seating allows for those without reservations. Reservations may be made through 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3 by calling the Office of the Dean at 402-941-6522.

Since concluding his service in the White House, Inboden became a distinguished scholar with the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a contributor to Foreign Policy magazine.

Kliman has held research and fellowship positions with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Institute for Defense Analyses. He has previously held positions at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is a frequent author of opinion pieces appearing in national and foreign publications.

Dr. Steve Bullock, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, “We want to create a learning environment where students are exposed to a wide array of topics and can wrestle with ideas and concepts. This is a great opportunity to engage the Midland community and our neighbors in discussions about diplomacy on the international stage.”

In addition to the luncheon, the day consists of a cultural simulation activity on campus and additional opportunities for students to interact with Inboden, Kliman and Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, professor of political science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, during a panel discussion on the challenges and issues of exporting democracy.