The University of Delaware's spring Global Agenda series will consider "America's Role in the World."

Global Agenda

Spring Global Agenda series to look at 'America's Role in the World'


11:58 a.m., Feb. 7, 2013--The University of Delaware’s spring Global Agenda lecture series will consider “America’s Role in the World,” with speakers to include journalists, national security experts and international government officials.

Sponsored by UD’s Center for Political Communication, the series will explore the many ways American influence is felt, expected and sometimes resented around the world.

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Presentations will be held at 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 27, in Mitchell Hall.

The schedule is as follows:

Feb. 27: “Reflections of a Former Chief Spokesman of the CIA,” with Bill Harlow, who served as chief spokesman for the Central Intelligence Agency during the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, is the author of two best-selling books and is the co-author with former CIA Director George Tenet of the book At the Center of the Storm.

March 13: “The U.S. in the Middle East,” with Rami Khouri, internationally syndicated political columnist and author, director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and editor-at-large of Beirut’s Daily Star newspaper.

March 20: “The U.S. Role in Asia,” with James Mann, author-in-residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, author of The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power and former correspondent and Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.

April 3: To be announced.

April 17: “Africa and the Developing World,” with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister who previously served as foreign affairs minister, and who was the first woman to hold either position. She also served as a development economist and a director of the World Bank.

April 24: “Shaping the Internet’s Global Future,” with Rebecca MacKinnon, author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, where she works on issues of global Internet policy, free expression and the impact of digital technologies on human rights.

Global Agenda presentations are moderated by Ralph Begleiter, director of the Center for Political Communication, and are free and open to the public.

For details, see the Global Agenda website.

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