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"One Year After 'Victory' In Iraq:" Conference at KU to examine progress, problems

LAWRENCE -- The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics and the University of Kansas Department of Political Science will present a major two-day conference, "One Year After 'Victory' in Iraq: International and Domestic Perspectives," from 1 to 5:30 p.m. May 7 and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 8 at the Dole Institute.

Leading off the first day of the conference, "The Iraq War and the International Order," will be keynote speaker James Lindsay, vice president and the Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. His remarks are titled "When You Get What You Wish for: Taking Stock of the Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy."

Lindsay's expertise spans many areas, including American foreign policy, Congress, news media and public opinion, globalization, national missile defense and immigration. He was a fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institute, a consultant to the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century and a professor of political science at the University of Iowa. Lindsay has written several books, including the award-winning "America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy."

Two roundtable discussions will follow Lindsay's presentation. The first, "Iraq Evolves in the Post-War Era," will include Robert Silverman, deputy director in the U.S. State Department's Iraq office, and Marcella David, law professor at the University of Iowa School of Law. Moderating the panel will be Felix Moos, professor of anthropology at KU.

The second roundtable, "Post-War Iraq in the Middle East Context," will feature Helena Cobban, contributing writer for the Christian Science Monitor and Al-Hayat; Bruce Finley, international affairs writer for the Denver Post; and Steven Cook, Next Generation fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Moderating the panel will be Deborah Gerner, professor of political science at KU.

James Pfiffner, university professor at George Mason University's School of Public Policy in Fairfax, Va., highlights the second day of the conference, "The Iraq War, Presidential Politics and the Patriot Act." Pfiffner will discuss "George Bush and the Decision to Go to War."

On the GMU faculty since 1984, Pfiffner is an expert on the presidency, American national government and public management. He has written or edited 10 books on the presidency and government, including "The Character Factor: How We Judge America's Presidents."

Two roundtable discussions will follow Pfiffner's address. The first roundtable, "Iraq in Presidential Politics 2004," will feature Allan Cigler, professor of political science at KU; Steve Winn, deputy editorial page editor of the Kansas City Star; and Pfiffner. Moderating the panel will be Jim Sheffield, chair of Wichita State University's political science department.

The second roundtable, "Security, Liberty and the Patriot Act in the Post-War Era," will include Kris Kobach, law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law; Dick Kurtenbach, executive director of the Western Missouri-Kansas chapter of the ACLU; and Rick Levy, law professor at the KU School of Law. David Schauner, Lawrence city commissioner, will serve as moderator.

The Clifford P. Ketzel Speakers Fund has generously supported the conference. For a detailed schedule of events, contact the Dole Institute, (785) 864-4900, or visit its Web site, /www.doleinstitute.org.

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