International relations focus of final webinar series

October 6, 2008 by Daniella De Luca NMSU News Center

Students, faculty, staff and the public will have the chance to learn about the presidential candidates’ views on international and multilateral issues as part of the third in a series sponsored by the International Relations Institute at New Mexico State University and the NMSU Departments of Government and Economics and International Business.

This live chat “America and the Multilateral World” will take place from the NMSU Las Cruces campus on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 4:30 p.m. It is presented by Meridian International Center, a nonprofit educational center in Washington, D.C.

Experts in foreign policy will be on hand in D.C. to answer questions from a variety of institutions and U.S. embassies around the world. Panelists for this seminar include: Thomas Pickering, the vice chairman of Hills & Co. and career ambassador; Magali Rheault, a Gallup analyst; Richard Williamson, foreign policy adviser to Sen. John McCain, White House Special Envoy to Sudan and former ambassador to the U.N; and an adviser to Sen. Barack Obama.

NMSU students and others in the participating organizations will submit questions via e-mail and live chat to be distributed to the panelists. The questions are to focus on how the presidential candidates plan to redefine institutions to assist the global economy in times of crisis.

“This seminar really gets to one of the key issues in this presidential campaign: how will the next administration approach the wider world in its foreign policy? Thus, it’s an important discussion for students to be aware of and engage with us,” said Jason Ackleson, associate professor of government.

Participants will link from their campus or office to the Meridian House in D.C. Other participating institutes in the conference will include The World Affairs Councils of America, The United Nations Association, “Campus Voices” (a coalition of 18 leading universities based at Harvard), “UChannel” (a coalition of leading technology universities based at Princeton) and international sites through U.S. embassies.

This is the final in the series NMSU will participate in. To connect to the series visit or for more information contact Ackleson at (575) 646-4935.

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