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Nation Building — Past, Present, and Future: A Forum

Don Priest, Caroleen Williams, and Tom Priest

Nation building has been a key component of U.S. foreign policy throughout the post-war years. From the successes of rebuilding Germany and Japan after World War II to the current quagmire in Afghanistan and Iraq, nation building as a national strategy remains controversial. This Forum will explore the reasons for America’s nation-building failures in the past and new policies and practices that should be considered in future situations requiring nation building. Attendees will be asked to read a background paper prepared by one of the panelists and to come to class prepared to discuss and debate the list of issues. There will be three Forum speakers representing different perspectives of the subject. They will give very brief presentations, after which the floor will be opened to members.

Instructor: Don Priest is a former urban planner, real-estate developer, and college professor (University of Virginia), who has authored monographs on "Combating ISIS and other Radical Islamist Threats" (2016) and "Nation Building, Past, Present, and Future" (2017). He has a BA from Stanford and an MCP from UC Berkeley.

Caroleen Williams has served in several Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) assignments in former communist countries, establishing political institutions and non-government organizations (NGOs). She is a former Foreign Service Officer and chief of staff of U.S. congressional committees. She received a BS from the University of Utah and an MA from Stanford University. *add Priest bio

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70066   Credit: 0 units


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11/14/2017 In-class 127465 $0.00  

Day and Time: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla