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Ole R. Holsti, George V. Allen professor emeritus of international affairs at Duke University, will discuss "The Bush Administration Foreign Policy: A New Realism?" on Monday, October 1, at 7 p.m. in Reed's Vollum lounge. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Elizabeth Ducey Lecture Fund, is free and open to the public. For more information call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

The new Bush administration declares itself to be "realists" in the pursuit of American interests, in contrast to the "mushy accommodationists" of the Clinton years. Holsti will consider how the new administration stacks up according to standard realist criteria. The bottom line, according to Holsti, is that by the realists’ own standards, the administration is not faring well. The result is that we may find ourselves increasingly isolated and possibly confronted by a Russia—China alliance. The recent terrorist attacks have apparently convinced the new administration that multilateralism has its advantages. Holsti argues, however, that this remains multilateralism "a la carte." We want multilateral support to battle terrorism, but are unwilling to drop unilateralism on other issues. Holsti will explore ways that we can better pursue our long-range national interests.

Ole R. Holsti (Ph.D. Stanford, 1962) is the George V. Allen Professor emeritus of international affairs in the political science department at Duke University. His teaching and research focus on international relations and foreign policy. Holsti is the author or co-author of six books, most recently Public Opinion and Foreign Policy (Michigan, 1996), and is co-editor of several others. His more than 100 articles have appeared in such diverse outlets as the American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Diplomatic History. Holsti served as president of the International Studies Association from 1979 to 1980. His awards include six research grants from the National Science Foundation and fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. In 1999 Holsti received a lifetime achievement award from the American Political Science Association. He is also the holder of two Duke University awards for distinguished undergraduate teaching.

Elizabeth Ducey, once a Washington, D.C., staff assistant to Senator Richard Neuberger of Oregon, had a lifetime interest in socially progressive politics and social issues, as well as a longtime interest in Reed College. Ducey, who went to Smith College as a 1915 graduate of the Catlin Gabel School, lived for 25 years on a Sauvie Island farm. She was active as a conservationist and gave generous philanthropic support to many local organizations, including Reed's art and music associates, the Portland Art Association, and the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge. In 1972 Ducey established the Ducey Fund at Reed College, beginning a tradition of enriching the college through the promotion of lectures and internships on national, local, and regional affairs.

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