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War, The Press, and U.S. Power: Diplomacy and Conflict in the Post 9/11 World

14 March 2003


Contact: Kathleen Maclay
(510) 643-5651 ckm@pa.urel.berkeley.edu

At the University of California, Berkeley, during the week of March 17-28, two programs will address the continuing debate about current tensions between the United States, Iraq and other nations. Both events will take place in the Sibley Auditorium of the Bechtel Engineering Center.

"War, The Press and U.S. Power: Diplomacy and Conflict in the Post 9/11 World" is a conversation sponsored by the Goldman Forum on the Press and Foreign Affairs and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. The free program - co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and the World Affairs Council of Northern California - begins at 8 p.m., Monday, March 17. Panelists will include:

  • Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, former Deputy U.S. Secretary of State in the Clinton administration, and former editor-at-large and columnist for Time magazine.
  • Mark Danner, a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism and a staff writer at The New Yorker
  • Peter Tarnoff, a lecturer at the journalism school and former U.S. Undersecretary of State for political affairs from 1993-1997.

"Preserving America's Moral Capital" is the subject of a talk by John Brady Kiesling, a career foreign service officer who recently resigned his post with the U.S. State Department in protest of the Bush administration's foreign policy and threatened war with Iraq. A guest of UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, Kiesling will talk at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20. The program is free and open to the public.

Kiesling was in the foreign service for 20 years, serving in U.S. embassies in Greece, Armenia, Morocco and Tel Aviv. He holds a master's degree in ancient history and Mediterranean archeology from UC Berkeley. Kiesling will be available for interviews.