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Experts to Examine American Foreign Relations at Cody, Jackson and Laramie Meetings

September 5, 2012 — A panel of experts will examine the future of American foreign relations during programs Sept. 11-13 in Laramie, Cody and Jackson.

The programs will be offered at the following locations:

Laramie -- Tuesday, Sept. 11, 4 p.m., Wyoming Union Center Ballroom.

Cody -- Wednesday, Sept. 12, 5:30 p.m., Buffalo Bill Historical Center Coe Auditorium.

Jackson -- Thursday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m., Center for the Arts Music Ensemble Room.

The panel will discuss “the opportunities in, and limitations of, U.S. foreign policy as we assess what is in store for the future of American foreign relations,” says Jean Garrison, director of the Global and Area Studies Program (formerly the International Studies Program) and professor of political science at UW.

The expert panelists are:

Tanja A. Borzel, professor of political science and chair in European integration at the Otto-Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Freie Universitat Berlin. She is the author of numerous articles focusing on European environmental policy and governance issues.

Garrison, the author of three books and numerous articles and book chapters focusing on U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-Chinese relations and China’s energy policy.

Stephen Krasner, the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Studies; the senior associate dean for the social sciences for the School of Humanities and Sciences; and the deputy director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

Thomas Risse, director of the Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universitat Berlin. He is coordinator of the Research Center 700 “Governance of Areas of Limited Statehood” Project, which is funded by the German Research Foundation.

The American foreign policy agenda under President Barack Obama promised a new era of multilateralism and partnership with the global community. Garrison says the president’s leadership has faced new tests such as changes across the Middle East resulting from the Arab Spring and the Eurozone crisis, as well as the ongoing challenges of Afghanistan, Iran, and countries such as Russia and China.

“Domestically, his agenda has been complicated by a stagnant economy and a politically divided Congress and electorate," she says.  “Nearing the end of President Obama’s first term in office, we now can better evaluate his foreign policy record and agenda for ‘change,’ particularly as he compares to other recent presidents such as President George W. Bush.”

The UW Global and Area Studies Program and the Wyoming Humanities Council sponsor the program. For more information, email Garrison at or call (307) 766-3423.

Panelist Tanja A. Borzel has written numerous articles focusing on European environmental policy and governance issues.

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