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Anthony Cordesman, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and former assistant for national security in the office of Sen. John McCain, will speak on “The United States’ War on Terrorism and the Hunt for Osama bin Laden,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the auditorium of Lafayette’s Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

A reception will follow Cordesman’s 45-minute lecture and question-and-answer session. The event is free and open to the public.

Cordesman holds a chair in international security for CSIS, an influential Washington think tank. He has been an adjunct professor of national security studies at Georgetown University and a military analyst for ABC-TV. He has held senior positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the State Department, the Department of Energy, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. His overseas posts included Iran and other Middle Eastern states, Great Britain, the U.S. delegation to NATO, and as a director in the NATO International Staff.

Cordesman has written and lectured extensively on NATO, the Middle East, the U.S. and Soviet military balance, U.S. forces and defense budgets, and the lessons of war. Of his many books, the most recent include The Arab-Israeli Military Balance and the Middle East Peace Process (Westview, 1996), Iran’s Military Forces in Transition (Praeger, 1999), Iraq and the War of Sanctions (Praeger, 1999), and as author/coauthor of the series CSIS Middle East Dynamic Net Assessment (Westview, 1997). He was formerly international editor of Armed Forces Journal and U.S. editor of Armed Forces (UK).

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