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Nov. 29, 2007

Biden to discuss American foreign policy and Iran Dec. 3

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., will present "Iran and the Challenges Facing American Foreign Policy" at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

Biden's presentation is the fourth in a series of presentations by presidential candidates from both major political parties. Candidates have been invited to discuss their national security and foreign policy ideas with the community.

Biden was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 and is now recognized as one of the nation's most powerful and influential voices on foreign relations, terrorism, drug policy and crime prevention. For three decades, he has served on the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, and is currently committee chairman. In January 2007, Biden began holding high-profile hearings on Iraq, and the committee approved a resolution concluding that the proposed increase in U.S. troop deployments was "not in the national interest of the United States," calling instead for an expedited transfer of responsibility for security in Iraq to the Iraqis.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) is hosting the series with the support of the Iowa chapter of the National Security Network, the University of Iowa Honors Program, the University Democrats and the College Republicans. ICFRC members will announce the other speakers in the candidate series when the dates of their appearances are finalized.

The Iowa City Community Cable TV Channel 4, the City Channel, will carry the program at a later date. Please consult the local newspapers for the cable TV schedule.

Founded in 1982, the ICFRC is a nonprofit 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 ICFRC is funded by membership dues and contributions from community businesses, individuals, and university offices and organizations, including International Programs.

ICFRC is affiliated with University of Iowa International Programs, which 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 UI Office of the Provost.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Thomas Baldridge, ICFRC, 319-335-0351,; Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,