December 1, 2003 Kluge Center Presents Symposium on the War in Iraq

Scholars Explore Whether War is a Major Turning Point

Press Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940
Public Contact: Robert Saladini (202) 707-2692

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress presents a symposium titled "Global Geopolitical Trends: Is the Iraq War a Major Turning Point?" from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, in Room LJ 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The program is free and open to the public.

Organized and moderated by Lanxin Xiang, current holder of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations in the Kluge Center, the symposium will cover such issues as whether, and if so, how, the war in Iraq may transform American relations with other nations in the world.

Panelists include David Calleo, Dean Acheson Professor and director of the European Studies program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; Anatol Lieven, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; W. Kendall Myers, senior analyst, Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State; Ronald Steel, professor of international relations, University of Southern California; Arthur Waldron, Lauder Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania; and Ding Zinghao, director of the Shanghai Institute of American Studies and vice president of the Chinese Association of American Studies.

A generous endowment from John W. Kluge in 2000 enabled the Library of Congress to establish the John W. Kluge Center, to bring together the world's best thinkers to stimulate, energize and distill wisdom from the Library's rich resources and to interact with policymakers in Washington, D.C. The center houses five senior Kluge Chairs as well as a number of postdoctoral fellows. In addition, it sponsors a number of programs that highlight research in the humanities and culture. For information about the fellowships, grants and programs offered by the John W. Kluge Center, contact the Office of Scholarly Programs, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue S.E, Washington, DC 20540-4860; telephone (202) 707-3302, fax (202) 707-3595, or visit the Web at


PR 03-201
ISSN 0731-3527