PEORIA -- From a news release: The Peoria Area World Affairs Council's September program is “Fluid Diplomacy: How Oil and Water Resources Don’t Mix with Middle East Politics.”
Presented by Ambassador Mark Johnson, this event will be held on the campus of BRADLEY UNIVERSITY on Thursday, September 15, 7:30 p.m.
Amb. Johnson has served and traveled in the Middle East extensively. His perspective on how the US should pursue her interests in the region will be an ideal opportunity to discuss what is happening there now, and in the future. You can find the registration form on the PAWAC website or register online at http://artstix.artspartners.net/ordertickets.asp?p=360&backurl=default.asp.
Johnson is Vice Chair, U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy and
Professor, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, University of Montana.
Having served as US Ambassador to Senegal and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Cairo, Egypt working on the Middle East peace process, Ambassador Johnson has developed a keen insight into the dynamics of the peace process in the region. Looking at the role that key resources play in shaping that process will lend itself to a provocative discussion. Join us as we explore the role of oil and water resources on the peace process and on US interests in the region.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Bradley University Student Center Ballroom
Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m.
Presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.
(Note: Parking is open on campus after 7 pm. If attending dinner, please park in the Visitor Lot.)
Please RSVP by Monday, September 12, for the early bird special.
In addition, PAWAC needs volunteers for the WorldFest celebration at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday, September 10, 10 am – 4:00 pm. This is a free event and a great deal of fun to learn about all the ethnic entities in the Peoria area.
Update 9/1/11: Here's a very interesting article from Foreign Policy magazine on the big picture of international events. It explains a lot.
Update 9/6/11: Here's another interesting speaker, and free:
Bradley University will host CNN national security analyst and journalist Peter Bergen on Thursday for a discussion about recent political activity in the Middle East.
Bergen’s 7:30 p.m. lecture will be held in the Michel Student Center ballroom and is free and open to the public.