Experts analyze America’s new president and U.S. security challenges

This event is free and open to the public

Published Oct. 27, 2008

On Nov. 7, just three days after the presidential election, Lynn’s American Studies Series will bring foremost experts on national security and the presidency, Douglas Brattebo and Tom Lansford, to campus to discuss the security challenges facing the newly elected president and his administration. The roundtable discussion, “Election and National Security Concerns for the New Administration,” is Friday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., in the Louis and Anne Green Center.

“The next president will have a full plate of challenges – both foreign and domestic,” said Robert Watson, coordinator of Lynn’s American Studies Series and roundtable moderator. “Unlike other elections, this year, the presidential candidates offer fundamentally different proposals to many leading issues. Voters have a distinct choice on who to vote for as McCain and Obama differ in terms of their world view, temperament and experiences.”

The panelists, Brattebo and Lunsford, will discuss these and other issues during their roundtable discussion. According to Watson, “in particular, they will discuss the next president’s options in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as threats from Iran, to Israel and to America’s economic security.”

Brattebo, who spent 11 years as a teacher in the department of political science at the United States Naval Academy and was director of the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) with the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, D.C., is currently affiliated with Case Western Reserve University.  Lansford, a prolific author on presidencies, national security and terrorism, is a political science professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and is a member of the Frank Maria Center for International Politics and Ethics. “The paradox of so many of the security issues facing the United States is that they must be dealt with immediately,” said Watson. “Yet they are likely to remain as threats to America’s interest at home and abroad for years to come.”

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis for this free event. Visit the American Studies Series Website for more information.