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September 2005

Release Date: September 19, 2005

Foreign Affairs Authority to Deliver Community Lecture at ASU

Richard Haass, a former foreign policy adviser to former President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell, will present "A Foreign Policy Update" during the Community Lectureship in the Humanities on Monday, Sept. 26, at Angelo State University.

Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus.

The foreign policy analyst believes the scope of the nation's national security issues has never been broader than at the present. These issues include the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, the global war on terror, potential development of nuclear weapons in North Korea and Iran, a badly strained Atlantic Alliance, the emergence of China as an economic power and the potential for war over Taiwan, a trade deficit of more than $500 billion a year, and worldwide anti-Americanism at historic levels.

During his lecture, Haass will offer his views on steps the U.S. should take to address these issues and to maintain its position as the world's principal power. After his lecture, Haass, the author of nine books on foreign policy issues, will sign books outside the ASU Bookstore. Books that will be available include "The Reluctant Sheriff: The United States after the Cold War," "After the Tests: U.S. Policy Toward India and Pakistan" and "Honey and Vinegar: Incentives, Sanctions and Foreign Policy."

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. The humanities lecture is presented 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.

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 that position, he had worked three decades in the U.S. Foreign Service. His work earned him the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award as well as the Hans J. Morgenthau Award for his achievements in advancing the national interests of the United States and its foreign policy.

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