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On the Inside: Faculty Work on Public Diplomacy, Alliances

Date: Fall 2003

Dr. Christopher Harmon lectured on “Why terrorists go international” at IWP’s recent open house. An internationally recognized expert on military strategy and terrorism, Dr. Harmon teaches a course on terrorism at the Institute, in addition to serving as a professor of international relations at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia.

Faith, Family, Friends, the memoir of the academic, military and diplomatic career of IWP Diplomat-in-Residence Thomas Melady, was published this summer. In addition to his life as a scholar, Professor Melady was U.S. Ambassador in Africa in the turbulent 1960s and ‘70s, and served as President George H. W. Bush’s Ambassador to the Vatican in the last, decisive years of the Cold War. The American Statesman, IWP’s newsletter, will publish a review in the next issue. IWP hosted a book-signing party for Ambassador Melady on September 19.

Dr. Joshua Muravchik, who teaches “Ideas and Values in International Politics” in the spring semester, was the first speaker at the Heritage Foundation’s July 10 conference on public diplomacy. The event, “Regaining America’s Voice Overseas,” brought together over a hundred public diplomacy experts and practitioners. Dr. Muravchik, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, argued that “America needs to conduct a war of ideas as successfully as it can conduct a war of arms.”

Who produced the forged documents that were used to discredit U.S. and British claims that the late Iraqi regime was buying uranium from Niger? Professor Herbert Romerstein discusses the suspects in a July 21 Washington Times commentary.  A teacher of the Institute’s fall course on foreign propaganda and former head of the U.S. Information Agency office to counter Soviet disinformation, Professor Romerstein is one of the world’s leading experts on countering disinformation and political forgeries.

IWP’s faculty chairman, Dr. John Tierney, Jr., was a panelist at a Heritage Foundation conference on “Transforming Global Alliances in the New Era.” He addressed the subject of articulating instruments of power through alliances. “We have to cast off the institutional ties of the Cold War and branch out seek new relations based on new realities,” he said at the June 26 event.

In May, Dr. J. Michael Waller, the Institute’s Walter and Leonore Annenberg professor of international communication, lectured on “Diplomatic Strategies for Combating Terrorism: An American Perspective” at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He delivered his 10-point lecture before senior military officers and civilian defense and security officials, including ministers and deputy ministers, from across Europe and Asia.

Over the summer, Dr. Waller was a guest on a score of radio shows concerning the war in Iraq and terrorism. He also appeared on CNN, the Voice of America, the BBC, and the BBC’s Spanish-language service, where he is a frequent commentator. Fox News consulted him for research prior to sending a team to cover the drug war in Colombia.