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'Trapped in War on Terror' is topic, Feb. 19

"Trapped in the War on Terror" is the title of an address set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Ian Lustick, a professor of political science and the Bess W. Heyman Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss his 2006 book by the same title.

In the book, Lustick questions the rationale for the war and maintains that it is disconnected from the real but remote threat terrorism poses. He explains how the generalized War on Terror began as part of the justification for invading Iraq, but then took on a life of its own.

In 1979-80 Lustick worked as a Middle East analyst in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Since then he has been consulted on Middle East affairs, foreign policy and intelligence techniques by every administration, including projects, lectures and consultancies for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency and National Security Council.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.

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