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Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott to speak at Baker Peace Conference

ATHENS, Ohio (March 26, 2007) -- Ohio University's 2007 Baker Peace Conference, titled "The State of the Atlantic Alliance," will feature some of the world's brightest scholars taking an in-depth look at the United States' relationship with its European alliances in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 

Strobe TalbottStrobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., will kick off the conference with his keynote address at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. 

"The Iraq war has made the Atlantic Alliance a highly discussed topic and brought more attention to the United States' relationship with its European alliances," said Steven Miner, professor of history and director of Ohio University's Contemporary History Institute, which sponsors the annual Baker Peace Conference. "I'm excited because the conference will showcase the research and opinions of many of the world's leading scholars on U.S. foreign relations."

Talbott is a former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State who spent 21 years working for Time magazine, where he covered Eastern Europe, the State Department and the White House as Washington bureau chief, an editor-at-large and a foreign affairs columnist. Before arriving at Brookings, he was the founding director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. 

A native of Dayton, Ohio, and a Rhodes scholar in Oxford at the same time as President Bill Clinton, Talbott has authored, coauthored and edited numerous books, papers and articles primarily focused on U.S.-Soviet Union relations and arms control. 

The Baker Peace Conference concludes on Friday, March 30, with three panel discussions in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Each panel will feature an Ohio University faculty member as moderator and three renowned scholars with conflicting views on the discussed topics.

"The Transatlantic Debate of the Use of Force and the Role of International Institutions," panel will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon and will be moderated by Professor of Political Science Patricia Weitsman.

"The Special Relationship between the United States and Great Britain" panel will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be moderated by Associate Professor of History Chester Pach.

"The Punishment of War Crimes and the International Criminal Court" panel will take place from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. and will be moderated by Associate Professor of History Norman Goda.

Panel participants include:

  • John Brobst, associate professor of history at Ohio University, is the author of "The Future of the Great Game: Sir Olaf Caroe, India's Independence, and the Defense of Asia" (2005).

  • Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C., is the author of seven books including "America's Coming War with China: A Collision Course over Taiwan" (2005).

  • John Charmley, dean of the School of History at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, recently wrote the book "The Princess and the Politicians: Princess Lieven and British Foreign Policy" (2005).

  • Jeffrey Herf, professor of history at the University of Maryland, recently authored the book, "The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust" (2006). He is a former Department of History faculty member at Ohio University.

  • Lisa Martin, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government at Harvard University, recently edited "International Institutions in the New Global Economy" (2005). She also authored two books, including "Democratic Commitments: Legislature and International Cooperation" (2000).

  • Jeremy Rabkin, professor of government at Cornell University, has authored four books. His latest is titled "Law without Nations?" (2005). He is a board member for the Center for Individual Rights.

  • William A. Schabas, director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and a professor of human rights law at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His latest book is titled "An Introduction to the International Criminal Court, Beijing" (2005).

  • Beth A. Simmons, the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, most recently authored "Who Adjusts? Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policy during the Interwar Years 1923-1939" (1994). The book won two awards from the American Political Science Association.

  • Randall Woods, the John A. Cooper Professor of History and distinguished professor at the University of Arkansas, recently published "LBJ: Architect of American Ambition" (2006). His 1995 book, "Fulbright: A Biography" won the 1996 Robert H. Ferrell Prize for the Best Book on American Foreign Relations and the Virginia Ledbetter Prize for the Best Book on Southern Studies.

The first Baker Peace Conference took place in 1984, two years after Ohio University President emeritus John C. Baker and his wife, Elizabeth, established the John and Elizabeth Baker Peace Studies Endowment to encourage the exploration into the means by which peace can be established and maintained throughout the world.

For more information about the Baker Peace Conference visit www.ohiou.edu/conhist/events.html.

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