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Sorokin to speak about Israel-Palestine peace process

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Gerald Sorokin, UI assistant professor of political science, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Tuesday, Dec. 15 about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. His presentation, "Why Wye? Explaining Recent Israel-Palestinian Developments," begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, and is open to the public.

Sorokin is an expert in foreign policy and spent the 1997-98 academic year as a fellow at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. His research there focused on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and UN peacekeeping. Last spring he completed a project assessing U.S. "dual containment" of Iran and Iraq in light of recent developments in the Gulf region.

The New Pioneer Co-op will cater the meal and the cost is $4.50 for members and $5.50 for non-members. There is no charge for those who bring their own lunches. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Wednesday, Dec. 16, following the noon news.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.