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Mearsheimer Dissects 'Flawed Logic of Bush Foreign Policy' for Eddy Lecture

October 22, 2003

[ John Mearsheimer Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- With the Bush Administration's bold foreign policy and the 2004 presidential election approaching, Ohio Wesleyan will host a leading critic of the Bush administration's foreign policy.

According to Sean Kay, associate professor of politics and government and International Studies, John Mearsheimer "was probably the most prominent among academic opponents of the Iraq war and will offer a very unique critique of Bush foreign policy in advance of the 2004 election."

Mearsheimer is the chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago and co-director of the Program on International Security Policy. He will be giving the lecture, "The Flawed Logic of Bush Administration Foreign Policy," at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Benes Room in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center at Ohio Wesleyan University.

"John Mearsheimer is a major figure in the political science field of international relations, and there is no more prominent realist," Kay said. "As a student of both international relations theory and policy, I consider it a major achievement that he has agreed to come here."

Mearsheimer graduated from West Point in 1970 and later served five years in the U.S. Air Force as an officer. Afterward, he began his graduate work at Cornell University, where graduated with a Ph.D. in political science in 1980. During the 1979-80 academic year, Mearsheimer worked as a research fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1980-82, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs. He was also a Whitney H. Shepardson Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York during the 1998-99 academic year. In 2003, Mearsheimer was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mearsheimer will be this year's John Kennard Eddy Memorial lecturer on World Politics. The lecture is free and open to the public.