CSU, Chico News

Dartmouth and Stanford Professors to Speak about the War on Terror

Date: 03-28-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Alan Gibson
Political Science

Professors Allan Stam of Dartmouth College and Allen Weiner of Stanford Law School will speak on "The War on Terror: Normative and Legal Implications" on Thursday, April 5, at 8 p.m. in Ayres 106. The public is invited to this talk. A reception in the faculty dining room in Selvester’s will follow.

Stam and Weiner are being brought to California State University, Chico by Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honors society), the Associated Students, the Department of Political Science and The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Stam is the Daniel Webster Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and the author of "Win, Lose, or Draw: Domestic Politics and the Crucible of War" (University of Michigan Press, 1996), "Democracies at War" (Princeton University Press, 2002), "The Behavioral Origins of War" (University of Michigan Press, 2003) and numerous articles in leading political science journals. A specialist in the causes and conduct of war, Stam is the nation’s foremost empirical analyst of the origins of war. He has investigated such timely questions as the effect of technologically sophisticated weaponry on the length of wars.

Weiner is the inaugural Warren Christopher Professor of the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy and an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2003, Weiner served as a legal counselor in the State Department for 12 years, including service from 1996 to 2001 as the U.S. government’s principal counselor at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague. Weiner has published extensively in law journals, including the Stanford Law Review on such topics as the security threats posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and whether the war on terror can be considered a war under terms of international law.

In addition to their joint presentation on Thursday evening, Professors Stam and Weiner will be joined by Professor Andrew Flescher from the Department of Religious Studies at CSU, Chico for a brown bag presentation on "Iraq, Iran, and Security Challenges of the Middle East" on Friday, April 6 at noon in Selvester’s Café.

"Allan Stam and Allen Weiner are two of the foremost authorities on terrorism in the United States," CSU, Chico political scientist Alan Gibson said. "Both are brilliant, but they bring very different approaches and styles to the study of terrorism. Anyone who attends these events will be entertained and informed by these very provocative scholars. Having them on campus is a unique opportunity to think about the most important issues that the United States faces."

Anyone interested in information on these events should contact Gibson at 530-898-4952.