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Final Lecture to Focus on Weapons’ Proliferation and Conflict in the Greater Middle East

April 4, 2003 — Geoffrey Kemp, director of the Regional Strategic Programs at The Nixon Center in Washington, D.C., will be on campus next Tuesday, Apr. 8, to deliver the ninth and final speech in a series of University lectures focusing on the Iraqi-American confrontation. Kemp, a visiting professor at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, will present “Powder Keg: Weapons’ Proliferation and Conflict in the Greater Middle East,” from 2 until 3:30 p.m., in the Dumke Auditorium of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, located next to the David Eccles School of Business. The event, co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Department of Political Science and the Colleges of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Science, is free and open to the public.

Between 1971 and1981 Kemp was a professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He served as consultant to the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee and as a member of the Harvard-MIT Arms Control Seminar. He was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations at Georgetown University. Between 1986 and 1995, Kemp was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He served as special assistant to the President of the United States for National Security at the White House and as director for Near East Affairs on the National Security Council from 1985 through 1986. His articles have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune and The Christian Science Monitor. He is a regular political commentator on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, BBC and ITV.

Similar in format to the 9-11 lecture series organized by the University in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, the series featured a variety of perspectives from leading experts on regional and international issues. For more information on Tuesday’s program, go to the U’s Middle East Center Web page at or call the Middle East Center at the University of Utah at 801-585-9594. To be informed of future Middle East Center events, send electronic contact information to