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Title: Crime and Punishment: Corruption, Foreign Policy and Power Politics
Speaker: Dr. James Russell
For the last half century, the United States has sought to balance the competing objectives of promoting democracy and transparency while simultaneously seeking to create a global balance of power that maximizes America’s international influence. In pursuit of these often competing objectives, the United States has supported corrupt dictatorships and autocracies in the Middle East and South Asia. Millions of dollars in US assistance in these countries has vanished into the pockets of our supposed allies. Dr. Russell’s talk will focus on how the United States can successfully pursue its international policies in an era of weak and failing nation states and asymmetric warfare that enables terrorist networks to threaten the US homeland.
Dr. James Russell is associate professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California. His responsibilities include research and writing on international security affairs and teaching graduate level courses in national security strategy, terrorism and Middle Eastern security issues. From 2007 to 2009 he was Co-Director of the school’s Center for Contemporary Conflict and edited the online journal Strategic Insights. Earlier he served as a country director and advisor to the Secretary of Defense on security strategy in Middle Eastern affairs with an emphasis on the Persian Gulf. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and North Africa.
Cost for the Lecture: CIR Members – $15 each
Non-Members & Guests – $20 each
Full-time students (25 or under) with appropriate identification enrolled at area high schools and colleges are welcome to attend the International Lecture Series for free.