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UW-Eau Claire to Host International Roundtable
On International Policy and Presidential Election

 MAILED:  Sept. 27, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — An International Roundtable discussion titled "The Bush Policy of Preemption, Iraq and the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election" is slated for 4 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Panelists include six international students studying at the university this semester. The students include: Girts Milgravis, Latvia; Aneliya Kuzmanova, Bulgaria; Stevan Gajic, Serbia; Ariuntsetseg Davaasambuu, Mongolia; Tamayo Yamanoue, Japan; and Sandeep Bang, India.

Americans are divided regarding their opinions of President Bush's Preemption Policy and the war in Iraq. Preemption, defined as the use of force in the face of imminent attack has long been accepted under international law. The Bush administration seems to be broadening the meaning to include "preventative war" as well, in which force can be used even without hard evidence of an imminent attack to ensure that a serious threat to the United States does not grow over time. Faced with growing public concern regarding Iraq, Bush officials have focused the political debate heading into this year's election on the "Bush doctrine of preemption," portraying President Bush as acting to prevent future terrorist attacks on U.S. soil via preemption.

The International Roundtable discussion will focus on how other countries view this kind of Preemption Policy and whether they believe the policy creates more or less security in the world. Audience members will have opportunities to voice their opinions.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Steven Majstorovic, associate professor of political science.

The event is sponsored by the Center for International Education.



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Updated: September 27, 2004