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Former legal adviser to Afghanistan commission to speak at Drake

September 16, 2008
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J. Alexander Their

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu

Legal expert J. Alexander Their will present "Afghanistan: The Forgotten War" on Tuesday, Sept. 23, as part of Drake University's lecture series on the United States and the World.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center, 29th Street and University Avenue.

Their is a former legal adviser to Afghanistan's Constitutional and Judicial Reform Commissions in Kabul, where he assisted in the complete overhaul of the country's constitution and judicial system.

He has served as the senior adviser in the Rule of Law program under the United States Institute of Peace since 2005. In addition, he was a legal and constitutional expert with the British Department for International Development and an adviser to the Constitutional Commission of Southern Sudan.

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

For more information about the event, call 515-271-3843.

The schedule for the rest of the series is listed below:

Sept. 30 -- "Transnational Challenges to Security" by Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and co-author of the book "The Prosperity Agenda."

The lecture will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center.

Oct. 7 -- "International Terrorism" by Roger Cressey, counterterrorism analyst for NBC News. The lecture will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center.

Oct. 8 -- "Shaky Past, Uncertain Future: U.S. - Iran Relations" by Gen. William Hauser (U.S. Army, Retired), Col. Richard Klass (U.S. Air Force, Retired), and David Drake (Physicians for Social Responsibility). The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center.

Oct. 14 -- "Trends in Islam" by Ray Takeyh, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations, and Steven Simon, the Haib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations. The lecture will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center.

Oct. 22 -- "Alternatives to Economic Globalization" by Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main.

Oct. 28 -- "Keeping America Safe and Safeguarding American Values" by Army Reserve Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham. The lecture will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center.

Nov. 5 -- "Forum on Global Migration" by T. March Bell, senior counsel for trafficking issues in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Richard E. Scott, regional representative for North America and the Caribbean for the International Organization for Migration. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Parents Hall in Olmsted Center.

Nov. 11 -- "Religion and Democracy in the New South Africa" by Raymond Kumalo, lecturer at the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal. The lecture will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center.

Dec. 9 -- "The Limitations of Compellent Threats as a Tool of Power" by Todd Sechser, assistant professor of politics at Stanford University. The lecture will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center.