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General Anthony Zinni

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Baker Peace Conference to focus on failed states

Retired Gen. Anthony Zinni will keynote annual event


The 2011 Baker Peace Conference, with its theme of "Failed States: A New World Disorder," will address the military, diplomatic, economic and political challenges posed by so-called failed states, April 7-8.

The free event, sponsored by the Ohio University Contemporary History Institute, will feature keynote speaker Anthony Zinni, a retired Marine Corps general, on Thursday, April 7. Zinni will deliver, "The New World Order," at 7:30 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

On Friday, April 8, three panel discussions will discuss failed state issues in Baker University Center 240-242. These include:

Failed States and Fragile Societies, 9:30-11:55 a.m.
Panelists: David Carment, Carleton University; Ken Menkhaus, Davidson College; Robert Rotberg, Harvard University. Moderator: Paul Milazzo, Ohio University.

The Future of War, 1-2:55 p.m.
Panelists: Vanda Felbah-Brown, The Brookings Institution; Jonathan M. House, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; Miguel LaSerna, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Moderator: Ingo Trauschweizer, Ohio University.

Development and Human Rights, 3:05-5 p.m.
Panelists: James M. Carter, Drew University; Carolina Larriera, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Glenn E. Robinson, Naval Postgraduate School. Moderator: Mirna Zakic, University of Maryland.

The Contemporary History Institute annually hosts the Baker Peace Conference as a means of exploring how peace can be established and maintained throughout the world. Established in 1984, the conference is funded by the John and Elizabeth Baker Peace Studies Endowment, which was established by the late Ohio University president emeritus and his wife.

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More information on retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni

Since his military commission in 1965, Anthony Zinni has worked with and visited more than 70 countries in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Western Pacific, Northern Europe and the Far East.

He has participated in Presidential diplomatic missions to Somalia, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Eritrea and State Department missions involving the conflicts in Israel/Palestine, Indonesia and the Philippines. He retired in 2000 after commanding the U.S. Central Command.

In addition to his speaking duties, Zinni holds the Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 Professorship at Cornell University and runs his own business consulting firm. He also is chairman of the board of BAE Systems Inc.

Zinni co-authored "Battle Ready" with Tom Clancy and wrote "The Battle for Peace." Both books were New York Times best sellers. His latest book, "Leading the Charge," was published in August 2009.

For more information about Gen. Zinni, visit his website.