October 12, 2009

Professor Ilan Peleg to Discuss American Foreign Policy Oct. 15

He will sign copies of his newest book following his talk

Ilan Peleg, Charles A. Dana Professor of Social Science, will discuss “From Bush to Obama: The Shift in American Foreign Policy” 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Gendebein Room of Skillman Library. A reception and book signing will follow his talk, which is sponsored by Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley.

Peleg’s latest book analyzes the challenges America faces moving forward after eight years of the Bush Administration. The Legacy of George W. Bush’s Foreign Policy: Moving Beyond Neoconservatism was released in February by Westview Press. In the book, Peleg not only illuminates what he believes were missteps of the Bush Administration, but also identifies foreign policy priorities for Obama, arguing that the United States has run a greatly ineffective policy as a global leader.

A frequent speaker on issues related to American foreign policy, international and ethnic conflict, and the Middle East, Peleg is editor-in-chief of the journal Israel Studies Forum. He is author of Begin’s Foreign Policy, 1977-1983: Israel’s Turns to the Right (1987); Human Rights in the West Bank and Gaza (1995); and Democratizing the Hegemonic State: Political Transformation in the Age of Identity (2007). His 1995 book received the Choice Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Peleg is a recipient of the College’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for excellence in teaching and contributions to campus life, Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award, Mary Louise Van Artsdalen Prize for scholarly achievement, and Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Award for teaching and scholarship.

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