As tensions build over possible U.S. action to stop Saddam Hussein from amassing weapons of mass destruction, a panel of experts is coming together on Thursday, April 4, 2002, at Johns Hopkins University to discuss the volatile situation, as part of the 2002 Symposium on Foreign Affairs. The event is free and open to the public.
The event will feature William Scott Ritter, who resigned as U.N. chief weapons inspector to Iraq in 1998 after seven years and who had charged that Saddam Hussein and Iraq were avoiding weapons inspections and hiding biological and chemical weapons. Ritter will be joined by Edward Peck, former chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, as well as Erik Gustafson, director of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center.
Each speaker will address a specific topic and then take part in a panel discussion. Ritter's topic is "Understanding the Roots of Terrorism: Iraq as a Case Study." Peck will talk about "Doing It All Wrong in the Middle East: An Effort to Provoke Thoughts, Not People." Gustafson will talk about "Eleven Years of Humanitarian Crisis: Can Sanctions Be Reformed?"
The Symposium on Foreign Affairs is a student-organized and student-run speaker series that annually focuses on a specific theme on world affairs. This year's theme is "Paragon or Paradox? Capitalism in the Contemporary World." For information, call (410) 516-8214, visit the symposium on Foreign Affairs Web site at www.jhu.edu/~symposia/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4
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