Panelists to Conclude Weissman Center's Series on U.S. Foreign Interventions Human Rights and National Interest

For immediate release
March 28, 2000



U.S. Intervention Abroad: Wanted and Unwanted Consequences
to be held On Thursday, April 6, 2000 at 7:30 PM in Gamble Auditorium

SOUTH HADLEY, Massachusetts--On April 6 at 7:30 PM, a panel of national experts will convene at Mount Holyoke College to discuss "U.S. Intervention Abroad: Wanted and Unwanted Consequences." The Weissman Center for Leadership event's panel will address the pros and cons of American interventions. Concluding the semester's series on human rights and national interest, the event will be held in Gamble Auditorium in the Art Building and is free and open to the public.

The effects of U.S. intervention in such regions as Somalia and Kosovo, and what qualifies as an intervention success, are just two of the issues to be addressed by the panel next Thursday evening.

The moderator for the discussion will be Phyllis Oakley, the U.S. State Department's first woman spokesperson. Teaching this semester at Mount Holyoke, Oakley served twice as assistant secretary in the Department of State as a career foreign service officer. She most recently headed the Bureau of Intelligence and Research after leading the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration for three years. On the occasion of her retirement in 1999, after forty-two years as an American diplomat, the New York Times characterized Oakley as having "forged a trail for women in a man's world."

The panel, composed of distinguished specialists who have observed or participated in recent U.S. interventions, includes:

  • …Michael Barnett, professor of political science and director of the International Relations Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Barnett has published widely in the area of international relations, the UN, and Middle Eastern politics. During 1993-94, he was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the U.S. Mission to the UN, where he worked on several peacekeeping operations, including Somalia and Rwanda.
  • …Ivo H. Daalder, senior fellow of Brookings Institution. Mr. Daalder served on the staff to the National Security Council during President Clinton's first term, where he was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy towards Bosnia. He is the author of Getting to Dayton: The Making of American's Bosnia Policy and (with Michael O'Hanlon) Kosovo: Anatomy of a Crisis.
  • …Robert Oakley, Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University. Mr. Oakley served as an ambassador to Zaire, Somalia, and Pakistan. He was called back after retirement by President Bush to be the special envoy to Somalia for Operation Restore Hope.

    The semester's focus on human rights and foreign interventions kicked off with a lecture on February 10 by Anthony Lake and was continued by a panel discussion entitled "Human Rights and Foreign Intervention: In Search of a New Paradigm," on February 23. This lecture will be the final lecture of the series.

    Inaugurated in May of 1999, the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership advances college-wide initiatives that engage students critically with important problems; foster their commitment to public and civic life; build their abilities to analyze, argue, and promote their views; and increase women's preparation to take action and bring about positive change.