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Book symposium focuses on war on terror

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, 4:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Constitutional scholar Philip Bobbitt's book "Terror and Consent: The Wars for the 21st Century" is the focus of an author-meets-critic symposium scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Bobbitt's book brings together historical, legal and strategic analyses to understand the idea of a "war on terror," and contends that the United States is the chief cause of global networked terrorism because of overwhelming American strategic dominance. Bobbitt argues that Americans need to change their ideas about terrorism, war and even victory itself.

The symposium will begin with a talk titled "What Is at Stake in the War on Terror?" by Aaron Friedberg, a Princeton professor of politics and international affairs. An authority on international security issues and U.S. foreign and defense policy, Friedberg served in the office of Vice President Cheney as deputy assistant for national security affairs and director of policy planning from 2003 to 2005.

Following Friedberg's lecture, Bobbitt will discuss the issues addressed in his book in a forum with Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Kim Lane Scheppele, director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

One of the nation's leading constitutional theorists, Bobbitt is the Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School. His career spans four decades and includes public service in Democratic and Republican administrations.

The event is designated as the Cyril Black International Book Forum in honor of the late Princeton scholar Cyril Black. It is sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

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