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September 2005

Release Date: September 12, 2005

Noted Foreign Policy Expert to Speak at ASU

Foreign policy authority Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and former director of policy planning for the U.S. Department of State, will deliver the Community Lectureship in the Humanities Monday, Sept. 26, at Angelo State University.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Sept 26 in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus and will be followed by a book signing of several of his books in the ASU Bookstore. The lecture, jointly sponsored by the San Angelo Community Medical Center and the San Angelo Health Foundation in conjunction with ASU, is open free to the public.

As head of the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York-based think tank, Haass oversees efforts to improve international relations and help citizens of all countries better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the U.S. and other governments.

Prior to assuming his current position, Haass served as a principal adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell. His Foreign Service experience includes working as U.S. coordinator for policy for the future of Afghanistan and as lead U.S. government official in support of the peace process in Northern Ireland. His achievements earned him the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award. He also is a recent recipient of the Hans J. Morgenthau Award for his achievements in advancing the national interests of the United States and its foreign policy.

Haass has also worked for the Brookings Institution as vice president and director of foreign policy studies. He is the author or editor of nine books on American foreign policy, including The Reluctant Sheriff: The United States after the Cold War; Economic Sanctions and American Diplomacy; and Intervention: The Use of American Military Force in the Post-Cold War World. He also wrote The Bureaucratic Entrepreneur: How to Be Effective in Any Unruly Organization, a book on management.

Haass has additional governmental experience as special assistant to President George Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. In 1991 he received the presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to the development and articulation of U.S. policy during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

His expertise in foreign affairs led Haass to academic appointments as a lecturer in public policy at Harvard University and as a visiting professor at Hamilton College. The Rhodes Scholar holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and master's and doctoral degrees from Oxford University.

A native of Brooklyn, Haass lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

The Community Lectureship in the Humanities is sponsored annually to bring distinguished speakers of national prominence to West Texas. In addition to the public lecture, the speakers also visit with ASU students and faculty as well as community leaders.

Previous lecturers have included Margaret Thatcher, Warren B. Rudman, Sergei N. Khruschev, Shelby Foote, Larry McMurtry, Lloyd M. Bentsen, Rick Bass and James A. Baker III.

Members of the 2005 lectureship selection committee are Mark McLaughlin, F.L. "Steve" Stephens, Marilyn Abouissie, Richey Oliver, David Lupton, Sheryl Pfluger, Charles Endress, Rhonda McClung and Pat Turner.

For more information on the Community Lectureship in the Humanities, call (325) 942-2116.