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Dickinson College will co-host an important global conference April 11-14 that will explore the intricate historic ties between the United States and Great Britain and where those ties are leading both countries and the world. Panel discussions will feature prominent thinkers and leaders including the associate editor of Britain's Financial Times, Senior American and British Defence officials, and leading academics from both sides of the Atlantic.  This is the second in a two-part effort that began with an initial conference on this topic held at Dickinson in November 2004.


"I think President Kennedy said it best: 'Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other,'" says Dr. Jeffrey McCausland, director of Dickinson's Leadership in Conflict Initiative. Since its inception in January 2004, the Leadership in Conflict Initiative has become a vital part of the college's ongoing mission, curriculum and recognition as a top-tier nationally ranked liberal-arts colleges. The Initiative's inaugural conference is another facet of its mission.


The Defence Academy of the UK will host a closed two day session of panel discussions and talks will provide thoughtful dialogue on the evolving, multifaceted nature of the US-UK unique relationship, provide predictions about its direction and make policy recommendations for leaders, designed to help both governments prepare for potential problems and cultivate positive trends. The conference will feature 12 experts presenting original papers dealing with four areas: foreign policy, economics, political relations between these historic allies and security relations.


"In many ways, the war on terror has caused us to rethink national security, and an important ingredient is how we cooperate with our closest ally," says McCausland.


"We're hopeful the conference will be perceived as significant on both sides of the Atlantic," says Dr. Douglas Stuart, professor of international relations and co-director of this event.  


The conference will conclude with a 9:30 a.m. plenary symposium at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies (RUSI), Whitehall, London.  This event is open to the public and will include a panel presentation on the major findings from the two preceding days as well as questions/discussion with the audience. The conference also will explore US-UK collaboration with the backdrop of the war in Iraq, the fight against terrorism and the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election and impending elections in the United Kingdom



The Plenary Symposium Panel will cover the following topics:


Defence:                     Dr. Jeffrey D. McCausland, Dickinson College

Foreign Policy:           Mr. Philip Stephens, London Financial Times

Economics:                 Mr. Erik Peterson, Director, Global Strategy Institute, Center for Strategic and International Affairs

Political / Legal:         Dr. Andrew Apostolu, Resident Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies



Timings for the event are as follows:


0900    Registration and Morning Coffee


0930    Opening remarks and panel session


1030    Morning Coffee


1100    Panel session continued and closing remarks


1230    End of Symposium


To register your interest in attending the concluding plenary Symposium on 14 April at RUSI, please contact Louise Heywood (Head, Defence Management Programme) on 020 7747 2630 or




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