Tony Lake to Speak at Model UN Conference

Posted: March 25, 2008

Updated: April 9 - Post News Story, Video, and Photos

Mount Holyoke College will welcome more than 175 students from across the country, along with a delegation from Nigeria, when it hosts the first annual Five College Model United Nations Friday through Sunday, April 4-6.

Noted diplomat and former MHC Five College Professor of International Relations Anthony Lake, now a foreign policy advisor to presidential candidate Barack Obama, will deliver the keynote address during the opening ceremony April 4 at 8 pm in Hooker Auditorium. The opening ceremony is open to the public, and admission is free.

"It has been the goal since the founding of the Mount Holyoke Model United Nations team to cosponsor a Model United Nations conference. This weekend of stimulating debate is inspired by the intellectual curiosity and globally aware environment of the Five College Consortium," said Tia Brueggeman, secretary general of the inaugural Five College Model United Nations conference.

"In collaboration with Amherst, Hampshire, University of Massachusetts, and Smith, our goal is to set a precedent for future FCMUN conferences by focusing on the theme of global exploration with committees from every regional block."

Lake, who is teaching a spring semester class on Vietnam at Mount Holyoke, has been a foreign policy advisor to several U.S. presidents and Democratic presidential candidates. He served as national security advisor under President Clinton from 1993 to 1997, and he is credited with developing the policy that led to the resolution of the Bosnian War. Lake is the author of several books, including Somoza Falling and The "Tar Baby" Option: American Policy Toward Southern Rhodesia; he is also the coauthor of Our Own Worst Enemy: The Unmasking of American Foreign Policy. He was the Five College Professor of International Relations from 1981to 1992, first teaching at Amherst College before he moved in 1984 to Mount Holyoke, where he taught courses on the Vietnam War, Third World revolutions, and American foreign policy. He was also a faculty member at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, holding the chair of Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy.

Lake is an advisory board member for the Partnership for a Secure America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy. He has also served as chair on the boards of the United States Fund for UNICEF and the Marshall Legacy Institute. He is currently a member of the Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees.

Student committees will debate the following topics during the weekend-long conference: British India, in Kendade 106; the United Nations Human Rights Watch, in Cleveland L2; the Peace of Westphalia, in Shattuck 308 and 309; climate change and sustainable development, in Cleveland L1; the politics and decolonization of Kenya (Hampshire College), in Kendade 202; the disarmament of North Korea (Amherst College), in Kendade 302; a special human rights convention on Myanmar/Burma (Smith College), in Kendade 302; and World War III--China, the United States, and Russia (U. of Mass.), in Clapp 203, 218, and 225.

Vincent Ferraro, the Ruth Lawson Professor of Politics and chair of international relations at MHC, has served as advisor for this event, which is cosponsored by the International Relations Program.

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