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Preemptive War Strategy
A New U.S. Empire?
Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Joel S. Beinin
Professor of Middle Eastern History, Stanford University Editor of the book, Political Islam; Author of the book, Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East
Edward A. Olsen
Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School; Author of the book, U.S. National Defense for the Twenty-First Century: The Grand Exit Strategy
President George W. Bush has vowed to take preemptive military action against terrorist groups and states that support terrorism or might possess nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, now or in the future. Many countries fall into that category—for example, Syria, North Korea and Iran. Will or should the United States use its new Iraqi outpost in the Persian Gulf to invade Syria or Iran? What should the U.S. do about North Korea? Is President Bush’s strategy a viable national security doctrine for protecting Americans or a veiled attempt to create an American empire? Please join our panel of scholars for an in-depth discussion of these critical issues.

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