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Panelists to Examine American Foreign Policy at Sheridan, Casper Programs

March 9, 2010

American Foreign Policy in the Obama Age will be the focus of University of Wyoming International Studies programs Friday March 12 in Sheridan and Tuesday, March 16, in Casper.

The Sheridan program will be at 7 p.m. in Room 136 of the Whitney Building at Sheridan College, sponsored by UW International Studies and Sheridan College.

The Casper program will be at 7 p.m. in Room 103 of the Wheeler Auditorium at Casper College, sponsored by UW International Studies Program and the Casper College International Studies Program.

Panelists are Thomas Risse, chair of International Politics, and Tanja A. Borzel, chair for European Integration, both at the Free University of Berlin; and Political Scientist Jean Garrison, director of International Studies at UW.

The panel will assess President Obama's call for change and transformation in America's approach to foreign policy, including the relationship the U.S. has with its allies in Europe and U.S. policy toward the Middle East and Asia;.

"President Barack Obama became president last year during a time of unprecedented challenges to U.S. security," Garrison says. "With the U.S. facing two wars (the ongoing situation in Iraq and the resurging threat in Afghanistan), a lingering financial crisis and domestic economic malaise, the continuing terrorist threat, challenges posed by China and Russia, and the imperative to rebuild relations with its transatlantic allies, among other issues, this administration needed to hit the ground running"

These panel discussions are funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant the University of Wyoming International Studies Program received in partnership with the Wyoming community colleges. All seven community colleges are participating in the grant.

"The three-year grant provides a unique opportunity for Wyoming colleges to collaborate on internationalization efforts, chiefly to develop a cohesive academic track in international studies and to expand courses with international content and foreign language offerings at community colleges," says Garrison, director of UW International Studies. She says the International Studies Scholars Lecture Series is another component to the grant and is designed to raise awareness of global issues among Wyoming college students and the state's general population.

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