info 06.8.04

Good Talk

The nature of the relationship between "Terrorism and Iraq" is the topic at tonight's Donald and Paula Smith Family Foundation debate, part of a series of occasional discussions sponsored by the group. As Ms. Smith notes, "Our debates try to present arguments from libertarian, liberal, and conservative points of view. We've had debates in the past on such issues as the environment, civil liberties in our 'wartime' environment, health care, immigration, social security privatization, and limiting what our legislators can spend — The reason we started this foundation is that we believe the first way to change the world is through ideas."

Tonight's panel will consist of Walter Russell Mead, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Stephen Hayes, Senior Writer, Weekly Standard; and Ivan Eland, Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at The Independent Institute. It is moderated by Richard W. Murphy, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for the Middle East, and Former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Reagan Administration. It starts at 6:30pm tonight at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th [34th]. The event is free, but they ask you to register on the website.

Next Wednesday, June 16th, the 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lex [92nd] 212.415.5500, hosts "The Geneva Initiative: A Path to Peace in the Middle East," with Israeli Knesset member (and former Israeli Minister of Justice) Yossi Beilin and Palestinian scholar Nazmi Al-Jubeh, currently professor of history at Bir Zeit University, both of whom were involved in negotiating the Geneva Accord. Ethan Bronner, Deputy Foreign Editor at The New York Times, moderates. Tickets are $25, available here.

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