Foreign Policy Expert To Speak On Democracy In The Middle East

March 16, 2005

by Julie Campbell Carlson

The former special assistant to Secretary of State Alexander Haig will deliver the Laura Blanche Jackson Lectureship in World Issues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in Jones Theater in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. Dr. Harvey Sicherman, president and director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, will speak on "The Democratic Prospect for the Middle East."

A graduate of the University of Scranton with a degree in history, Sicherman earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Salvatori Fellowship. He served as special assistant to Haig from 1981-82 and was a member of the policy planning staff of Secretary of State James A. Baker III. He also was a consultant to Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr. and Secretary of State George Shultz.

Sicherman is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including "American the Vulnerable: Our Military Problems and How to Fix Them," co-edited with Lehman; "The Chinese Economy: A New Scenario," co-edited with Murray Weidenbaum; and "New Directions in U.S.-Chinese Relations," co-authored with Haig. Other books include "Palestinian Autonomy, Self-Government and Peace" and "The Three Percent Solution and the Future of NATO."

The Laura Blanche Jackson Lectureship was created in 1994 as a memorial to Laura Blanche Jackson, who graduated from Baylor in 1985 with a degree in political science and became the director of marketing for the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. After Jackson's death from cancer in 1992, her family created the lectureship to examine various world issues as a way to honor her passion for world affairs.

Tuesday's lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core at 710-3981.

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