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International Relations Expert to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan

February 12, 2007

Charles Lipson, Ph.D.
Charles Lipson, Ph.D., a political science professor at the University of Chicago and a leading expert in international relations and international political history, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan University's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

Lipson will discuss the role of China as a vast potential market, a rising military power, and a potential threat to other countries with a major stake in Asia, including the United States. One of China's greatest challenges, he says, is "asserting its growing economic and military power without threatening its partners and turning them into an adversarial bloc.”

In addition to teaching at the University of Chicago, Lipson frequently consults with senior government officials, diplomats, and corporate leaders on issues of global cooperation and conflict. His most recent book on international relations, Reliable Partners: How Democracies Have Made a Separate Peace, examines why democracies do not fight wars against each other. He also has written extensively on international trade, debt, and investment.

Lipson's memberships include the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

His speech is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan's International Studies Program and is the university's fourth annual Corinne Lyman Lecture. Lyman, an emeritus professor of politics and government, was instrumental in creating the university's International Studies Program in 1979. She served as the program's chairperson until her retirement in 1999.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives. The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.