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Former CIA Director James Woolsey to keynote 2005 Baker Peace Conference

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 16, 2004) -- Former Central Intelligence Agency Director R. James Woolsey will be the keynote speaker for Ohio University's 2005 Baker Peace Conference April 21-22.

R. James Woolsey"U.S. Intelligence, Terrorism and Homeland Security" is the topic of the conference, and panels will discuss:

  • 9/11 and Iraq: What Went Wrong?
  • Intelligence and Civil Liberties: The Patriot Act and Homeland Security
  • Institutional Reform: The Future of American Intelligence

Woolsey served as CIA director under President Bill Clinton from 1993-1995. He was also Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977-1979 and was a Delegate at Large to the U.S.-Soviet Arms Reductions Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST) in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983-86.

"Mr. Woolsey's participation lends further credibility to the Baker Peace Conference's stature as a forum for nationally known experts to discuss topical issues. The conference annually attracts top academics and other experts and offers an opportunity for members of the Ohio University community to examine important issues and to gain perspectives and insights," said Michael Grow, director of the Contemporary History Institute, which organizes the conference in collaboration with the Baker Peace Studies Program.

The Baker Peace Conference is an annual event that brings together national experts to discuss significant policy issues related to peace. The first Baker Peace Conference took place in 1984, two years after Dr. John C. Baker, the University's President from 1945 to 1962, and his late wife Elizabeth established the John and Elizabeth Baker Peace Studies Endowment to encourage the education of students and the general public in the means by which peace can be established and maintained throughout the world.

Recent Baker Peace Conferences have included luminaries such as former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former U.S. Secretary of the interior Bruce Babbitt and have focused on "The United States and Global Hegemony," "U.S. Energy Consumption and the Environment," "War Crimes, Justice and Peace," "Prospects for Peace in the New Millennium: Lessons from the 20th Century" and "Chaos, Complexity, and Contemporary History."

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Media Contact: Director of the Contemporary History Institute Michael Grow, (740) 593-4356 or grow@ohio.edu or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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