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Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

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DEMOCRACY IN AFGHANISTAN?
Colonel Involved in Afghanistan Reconstruction to give Presentation at Cedar Crest College

Allentown, PA (September 30, 2004) - Lieutenant Colonel Platte Moring, a U.S. official who has been intimately involved in the process of nation-building in Afghanistan, will give a lecture and slide presentation on Wednesday, October 6, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. in Curtis Hall, Room 353. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer period.

Colonel Moring worked for ten months as the chief legal advisor to the U.S. Army General in charge of Afghan reconstruction. In that capacity, he served as the Staff Judge Advocate to the Office of Military Cooperation at the US Embassy in Kabul. As part of his duties, Colonel Moring also helped to draft the new Afghan Constitution. He is also Command Judge Advocate of the 213th Area Support Group, Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

Colonel Moring's lecture and slide show will be integrated into a course on the Global Security Agenda taught by Dr. Kim Spiezio, Chair of the Department of History, Law and Politics at Cedar Crest. The session will open with a broader discussion of the role that democratization has played within the context of American national security strategy in the post cold war era spanning the Bush, Clinton, and Bush administrations.

"At the core of the debate over the war in Iraq stands the issue of whether a democracy can be established in a Muslim society," says Dr. Spiezio. "Colonel Moring's experiences in Afghanistan provide us with powerful insights into this subject and perhaps the more fundamental question of whose vision of the future of the Middle East will prevail - America's or Al-Qaeda's?"

Media are invited to attend the class and question and answer session. For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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