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Expert to discuss the future of China's relationship with the U.S.

September 6, 2008
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On Tuesday, Sept. 9, Robert M. Scher, an expert on security alliances with Asian countries, will give a public lecture at Drake University titled "China on the Rise -- What's Next?"

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the "United States and the World" lecture series at Drake. The event will start at 12:30 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center, 29th Street and University Avenue.

Scher, now an associate at the Booz Allen consulting firm, has more than 17 years experience analyzing, formulating and implementing U.S. security and foreign policy at the Defense Department and State Department.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, he served as chief-of-staff to the deputy undersecretary for Asian and Pacific affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  He oversaw the operations of the OSD office responsible for bilateral and multilateral security relations in Asia.  

The "United States and the World" lecture series is sponsored by Drake's Center for Global Citizenship in cooperation with the National Security Network.

The next lecture in the series will be "Food as a Human Right -- A Huge but Achievable Challenge," presented on Tuesday, Sept. 16, by Florence Chenoweth, a global agricultural expert and faculty member at the University of Wisconsin. The lecture will start at 12:30 p.m. in Bulldog Auditorium in Olmsted Center.

For more information on these lectures and the remainder of the series, visit the Web site of the Center for Global Citizenship
or call 515-271-2117.