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Dec. 11, 2006

Katulis To Discuss U.S. Policy In Middle East At Noon Lecture Dec. 19

Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., will present "Middle East 'Hotspots': Perspectives on U.S. Policy for 2007" at noon Tuesday, Dec. 19, in the University Capitol Centre (UCC) International Commons, Room 1117 in the Old Capitol Town Center in downtown Iowa City. The lecture is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be served.

UI International Programs and the Stanley Foundation are co-sponsoring this event, with additional support from the UI Middle East and Muslim World Studies scholarly group.

Given the ongoing tensions in Israel and the Palestinian Territories and the escalating conflicts in Lebanon and Iraq, Katulis will provide insights and analysis from his current trip to the region and discuss the options available to the United States as it heads into the new year.

"We are delighted to host Katulis on the UI campus," said Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator. "He is a young political analyst who offers fresh perspectives on the conflicts in the Middle East. We hope that Katulis's visit will generate lively discussion and debate on some of the most pressing current issues related to U.S. foreign policy."

Katulis' work at the Center for American Progress examines U.S. national security policy in the Middle East and democratization, with a focus on Iraq. Prior to joining the Center, Katulis lived and worked in the Middle East for the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, including projects in Egypt, Iraq and the Palestinian territories. From 2000 to 2003, he worked as a senior associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. His previous experience includes work in the Near East and South Asian Directorate of the National Security Council and the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State during the Clinton administration. He has published articles in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. Katulis received a graduate degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Buffy Quintero, UI International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or

International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university Constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

More information on the Stanley Foundation is available at

For more information on the UI Middle East and Muslim World Studies scholarly group, visit:

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Writer: Kelli Andresen