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Drennan Discusses Korean 'Crises' for International Studies Lecture

February 6, 2003

[ William Drennan Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan University's International Studies Program is hosting William M. Drennan, deputy director of the Research Studies program at the U.S. Institute of Peace to speak on "Crises on the Korean Peninsula," on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

Drennan joined the Institute upon his retirement from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel in 1998. Specializing in Korean Peninsula issues, Drennan's last military assignment was as an analyst with the National Defense University's Institute for National Security Studies from 1995-98, where he concentrated on Korea and Northeast Asia security issues. Prior to that, he was a professor of national security policy at the National War College; was a military fellow at the Council of Foreign relations in New York City; and was stationed in the Republic of Korea from 1988 to 1990 as the chief of the strategy and policy division, J-5, United States Forces, Korea. In the mid-1980s, Drennan served as a squadron commander, and later, as the deputy commander for operations of a USAF flying training wing. From 1981-84, he was assigned to the White House as the Air Force Aide to President Ronald Reagan. A command pilot, Drennan accumulated 3,300 flying hours during his military career, including over 800 in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

A graduate of USAF Academy, Drennan holds a master's degree from Georgetown University and is a doctoral candidate at Catholic University. He has published numerous documents including "The United States and Asia in 2000: Forward to the Past?" (co-authored with Richard H. Solomon); "The Impact of Korean Local Elections," in Strategic Forum; "Prospects and Implications of Korean Unification," in Policy Forum Online; and "Korean Peninsula: Dangers of Miscalculation," an Institute special report.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3335.