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Release: Nov. 8, 2001

MacDonald to speak on U.S. foreign policy at Nov. 13 Foreign Relations Council

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ken MacDonald, a University of Iowa geography professor, will "Put U.S. Foreign Policy in South and Central Asia in Context" at the next meeting of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, Tuesday, Nov.13 at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City.

A member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty, MacDonald received his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Canada and has taught at the University of Toronto. He has conducted research in Northern Pakistan for the last 16 years and was in Pakistan during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. His research focuses on understanding the multiple effects of external intervention, much of it related to so-called 'globalization' on local communities and ecosystems. His time in South and Central Asia has given him a grounded knowledge of the political tensions in the region that affect relations with the United States.

The event is co-sponsored by UI International Programs with additional support from Joe Brisben, Security Corporation of Iowa and Iowa State Bank & Trust Co. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The deadline to register for the event is noon Friday, Nov. 9. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations can not be made by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at (319) 335-0351.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program on Wednesday, Nov.14, 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 Eastern Iowa. Meetings are scheduled from August to June to take advantage of these speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow wide participation from the business community, other professionals, the community at large and students, faculty and staff from the university. 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.