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Foreign Policy Challenges For the Next President

A Discussion with Lee H. Hamilton, president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

AUSTIN, Texas-- Sept. 4, 2008-- On Thursday, September 25, 2008, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, in conjunction with the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the UT School of Law, and the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution will host Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next President, with Lee H. Hamilton, former Congressman and president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The discussion will focus on world affairs and the challenges ahead for the next presidential administration, including trade and globalization, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and relations with rising powers China and Russia.

Apart from directing the Wilson center, Mr. Hamilton is also the director of The Center on Congress at Indiana University. For 34 years, he represented Indiana’s 9th congressional district, and has served as chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East, among others.

He served as co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, a forward-looking, bi-partisan assessment of the situation in Iraq, created at the urging of Congress. He also served as Vice-Chair of the 9/11 Commission and co-chaired the 9/11 Public Discourse Project established to monitor implementation of the Commission’s recommendations. He is currently a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council, the FBI Director’s Advisory Board, the CIA Director’s Economic Intelligence Advisory Panel, the Defense Secretary’s National Security Study Group, and the US Department of Homeland Security Task Force on Preventing the Entry of Weapons of Mass Effect on American Soil.