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Praveen Chaudhry, visiting instructor of government and law, participated in a panel that gave live, hour-long interviews on Voice of America Monday and Tuesday as part of a news feature that caters to international listeners.

Chaudhry was invited by Voice of America to give scholarly insight on the foreign policy impact of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. and how it is being perceived throughout the world. He addressed the issue of terrorism and noted that “this is a great opportunity for several countries, mostly democracies, to get together and have a common cause in which terrorists can be checked.”

Chaudhry noted that the U.S. was able to build a huge coalition, but still must be careful about its foreign policy.

“The fight cannot be won if we forget about the role of the coalition,” he said. “It is very important that future and current foreign policy should take into account that the coalition is strong and can give direction.”

He also said that certain problems clearly indicate that there are some cracks in the coalition. Several countries, including some European nations, are very critical of President Bush’s policy on issues such as Iraq, for example.

Chaudhry also raised the issue of how minorities are treated in both international and domestic policy.

“It is very important,” he stressed, “that in the name of fighting terrorism we do not curb the civil rights of minorities.”

Chaudhry is teaching Introduction to International Politics, Comparative Politics, and Research Methods in International Affairs. He specializes in non-Western countries, particularly Asia and South America. His interests include security studies, e.g. nuclear weapons.

Chaudhry has also taught at Swarthmore College and University of Dehli. He has been a scholar in residence at International Monetary Fund. He is expecting confirmation soon on a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in international political economy, and has a master’s degree in philosophy from University of Dehli. He has traveled extensively in South America and Western Europe.

Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, and educational and cultural programming every week to a worldwide audience of 94 million people. Programs are produced in English and 52 other languages.

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