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Meredith Alexander, News Service (650) 725-0224; e-mail

Panel of Stanford experts to discuss terrorism

This Friday, five Stanford experts on international affairs will discuss the terrorist acts of Sept. 11 and their aftermath in an event co-sponsored by the Institute for International Studies (IIS) and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).

The panel discussion, to be held in Kresge Auditorium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., is free and open to the public.

David Holloway, IIS director, will moderate the panel. Panelists will include Coit Blacker, deputy director of IIS; Laura Donohue, a visiting fellow at CISAC; Thomas Heller, the Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies at Stanford Law School; Christopher Chyba, co-director of CISAC; and Scott Sagan, co-director of CISAC.

Blacker, who also holds a courtesy appointment in the Political Science Department, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. In 1995 and 1996, he served as President Clinton's principal assistant for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council.

Donohue, an expert in terrorism and counter-terrorism who arrived on campus this fall, was formerly a fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Heller, an international law scholar, was deputy director of IIS from 1989 to 1992 and has been a senior fellow there since 1993. Heller is one of the lead faculty for the IIS Project on Sovereignty and Governance, which examines the relationship between state control and powerful non-state entities.

Chyba, associate professor (research) in geological and environmental sciences, is an expert on bioterrorism.

Sagan, who is also a professor of political science, is co-editor of Planning the Unthinkable: How New Powers Will Use Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons (Cornell University Press, 2000). In 1984-85, he was a Council of Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, serving as a special assistant to the Director of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.


By Meredith Alexander

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