CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Hosts Two International Relations Scholars

Date: 03-28-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Alan Gibson
Political Science

Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honors Society, and the Department of Political Science at California State University, Chico will host two presentations on international relations next week.

On Tuesday, April 1, Professor Donna Lee of the University of Birmingham, UK, will speak on “Globalization and United States Trade Policy.” On Wednesday, April 2, Professor David Barrett of Villanova University will speak on “After Sept. 11th and Iraq: Are we safer now?” Both presentations will be in BMU 100 at 7:00 p.m.

Professor Lee is a senior lecturer of international organizations and international political economy and deputy head of the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham. Lee’s research interests include economic diplomacy, international trade relations, the GATT/WTO system and trade policy. She is the author, co-author or editor of several books, including “The WTO After Hong Kong,” “The New Multilateralism in South African Diplomacy,” and “Middle Powers in Commercial Diplomacy,” and numerous articles in professional journals.

Professor Barrett earned his PhD in 1990 and immediately established himself as a leading Presidency scholar and an expert on national intelligence. He is the author of “Uncertain Warriors: Lyndon Johnson and His Vietnam Advisers”, the editor of “Lyndon B. Johnson’s Vietnam Papers,” and the author of numerous articles in professional journals including Intelligence and National Security, Studies in Intelligence, and the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

Professor Barrett’s most recent book “The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story” is the first book published about the history of CIA and Congress during the Cold War era. While it was once widely believed that Congress mostly ignored the CIA in the years of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower’s presidencies, Barrett shows that substantial but uneven oversight occurred, that congressional views affected what the CIA did, and that such oversight was shrouded in almost as much secrecy as operations of CIA. “The CIA and Congress” received the 2006 D. B. Hardeman prize, awarded by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, for the outstanding book focusing on Congress.