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Former NSC Staff Member Discusses U.S. Foreign Policy

October 31, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO - Gary Sick, who served on the National Security Council staff under Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan, will discuss "The Revolution in U.S. Foreign Policy and its Implications for Iran" on Tuesday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes room of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center (40 Rowland Avenue). Sick's discussion will center on U.S. national strategy and its next possible target, Iran. His lecture is part of the Sagan National Colloquium, whose theme this year is "The United States and the Islamic World: Challenges and Prospects."

Sick, who was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis, earned his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. His experience and knowledge of the Middle East and foreign policies will be integral in his discussion of Iran and Bush's policies. "Every forty or fifty years, the United States goes through a major debate about its national strategy and its place in the world," says Sick. "We are in the middle of one right now."

Sick is also the author of two books on U.S. Iranian relations and is a captain (ret.) in the U.S. Navy, with service in the Persian Gulf, North Africa and the Mediterranean. He was the deputy director for International Affairs at the Ford Foundation from 1982 to 1987, where he was responsible for programs relating to U.S. foreign policy.

2005 marks the 20th anniversary of the Sagan National Colloquium at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information visit http://snc.owu.edu or call 740-803-3995.