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February 8, 2002

Anthony Lake and Martha Crenshaw to Speak at
Mount Holyoke February 15 on the "War on Terrorism"

Martha Crenshaw is professor of government at Wesleyan University where she has taught international politics and foreign policy since 1974. She is the coeditor, with John Pimlott, of the Encyclopedia of Terrorism (1997); the editor of Terrorism in Context (1995), a volume of case studies of terrorist campaigns ranging from the nineteenth century to the present; and the author of Terrorism and International Cooperation (1989).

Anthony Lake served as national secu-rity adviser to President Clinton from 1993 to 1996. Formerly Five College Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke, Lake taught at the College from 1984 to 1993. He is currently a professor at Georgetown University. Lake's most recent book, 6 Nightmares: Real Threats in a Dangerous World and How America Can Meet Them (2000), combines, according to George Stephanopoulos, "the pacing of Ludlum and the insight of Kissinger."

"A single airplane
delivering only 100 kilograms of anthrax […] over Washington, D.C., after dusk on a calm night could kill many hundreds of thousands of people," writes former national security adviser Anthony Lake in his book 6 Nightmares: Real Threats in a Dangerous World and How America Can Meet Them (2000). The work, written before the September 11 attacks, is "eerily prescient," says Jon Western, Five College Professor of International Relations. Lake, along with Martha Crenshaw, an internationally recognized expert on political terrorism, will discuss the current status of the Bush administration's "war on terrorism," Friday, February 15, at 7 pm, in Gamble Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Five College International Relations Program, the Mount Holyoke College International Relations Program, and the MHC Department of Economics.

Lake was national security adviser under President Clinton and is currently a professor at Georgetown University. Crenshaw, a professor of government at Wesleyan University, focuses her research on terrorism. The two scholars, both preeminent in their fields, will address a range of pressing concerns stemming from the attacks of September 11 and the United States's subsequent actions at home and abroad. In addition to evaluating the current standing of "Operation Enduring Freedom," the two will discuss the effectiveness and consequences of American policy since September 11; the prospects for American military action in Somalia, Iraq, or elsewhere; the security of the United States and the world at-large in the current global climate; the sources of terrorism and how terrorism can be ended; and the future of international security and terrorism.

Western, moderator of the event, says that no one is better positioned to tackle these issues than Lake and Crenshaw. In 6 Nightmares, Lake narrates six chilling what-if plot lines, each of which poses a threat to American security. Called a "profound foreign policy expert," Lake not only describes the "nightmares," but offers steps that can be taken to prevent them.

Crenshaw, who teaches international politics and foreign policy, is, according to Western, "one of the few scholars who has systematically addressed both the sources of terrorism and how it can be ended. Other experts are more regional," continues Western, "or focused on specific terror organizations. Crenshaw is an expert on the worldwide phenomenon of terrorism. This makes her contribution unique. Given the stated objective [of the Bush administration] to put a stop to all terrorist organizations, Crenshaw's global reach is especially relevant" and her analysis promises to be "particularly insightful."

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