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The role of the US in international affairs: some challenges ahead
||Friday, Apr 25, 2014, 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM
Pasco Red Lion
Each time an armed conflict breaks out around the world the United States is expected to step in to solve the problem. And in nearly every case we answer the call….sometimes with diplomacy, sometimes with blood and treasure. But each time the question arises about the role of the United States as the world’s policeman.
Most recently there were those who felt we should have invaded Iran to prevent them from developing nuclear weapons. There were those who felt we should have taken up arms in support of the Syrian rebels seeking to overthrow the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Still others were against any U.S. involvement in the Middle East, preferring to let regions of the world settle their own disputes with no help from us at all.
On April 25 Frederick (Rick) Lorenz will provide some historical background on the role of the US, our relationship with the United Nations, and the challenges in dealing with the New World Disorder in places like Syria and Africa.
Frederick (Rick) Lorenz
Senior Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies
Frederick (Rick) Lorenz grew up in New York City and obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from Marquette University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 27 years as a judge advocate, including a tour as an infantry company commander. He was the senior legal advisor for the United Nations and authorized military intervention in Somalia in 1992 returning there as senior legal advisor for the U.N. evacuation in 1995. In 1996 he served in Bosnia as a legal advisor for the NATO implementation force, and went on to teach Political Science at the National Defense University. After his retirement as a colonel in 1998 he served as a United Nations legal affairs officer in Kosovo, working in the U.N. Civil Administration. He was a regular lecturer at the Canadian Peacekeeping Centre and has served with Canadian military and civilian peacekeepers on three continents. As a Senior Lecturer at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, his current courses include International Humanitarian Law and International Law and the Use of Force that include CanadaÂ’s role in the International Criminal Court and the Ottawa Landmine Convention. He resides with his wife Joan in Tacoma, Washington.