Kroc Institute co-sponsors conference on ethics of U.S. withdrawal from Iraq

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Scholars from the University of Notre Dames Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies will take part in a conference entitledThe Ethics of Exit: The Morality of Withdrawal from Iraqto be held March 21 (Monday) on Fordham Universitys Lincoln Center Campus in New York.

The conference will be held from9 a.m.to4:15 p.m.(EST) and will be televised live at Notre DamesHesburghCenterfor International Studies.

Participants in the conference, which is sponsored by the Kroc Institute, Fordham and the Fourth Freedom Forum, will examine moral questions arising from the formal commitment of theUnited Stateseventually to withdraw its military forces fromIraq.

Gerard N. Powers, director of policy studies for the Kroc Institute, said that most of the debate over withdrawal so far has concerned politics and security.This conference will address the less visible moral issues at stake in finding a responsible way to exitIraq,he said.

Scott Appleby, John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute; George Lopez, senior fellow in the Kroc Institute and professor of political science and Powers will be among a prominent group of scholars and Iraq experts at the conference.Other participants include Stanley Hoffman of Harvard University; Jean Bethke Elshtain, professor of social and political ethics at theUniversityofChicago; Col. W. Patrick Lang, former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst; Lawrence Kaplan, senior editor of The New Republic; Adeed Dawisha, professor of political science at Miami University, Ohio; and Rev. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., professor and chair of theology at Boston College.

* Contact: * Julie Titone at 574-631-8819 or Gerard Powers at 574-631-3765, or Michael Larkins and Suzanne Stevens at 212-636-6530.More information is available at .

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