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Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media



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Nation-Building At Work

Members of the Lehigh Valley Vietnam Veterans Association to Speak with Cedar Crest Students About Nation-building Experiences in Southeast Asia

Class Discussion (Tonight at 7 p.m.) Draws
Eerie Parallels to U.S. Mission in Modern Day Iraq

Allentown, PA (September 15, 2003) - Tonight, students in Dr. Kim Spiezio's "American National Security Policy" class will gain a unique insight into the inner-workings of the American military as it works to rebuild Iraq, through an unusual first-hand source.

During their regularly scheduled class, which meets in Alumnae Hall, Room 211 at Cedar Crest College beginning at 7 p.m., two members of the Lehigh Valley Veterans Association - both Vietnam vets - will speak to the class about their experiences rebuilding war-battered Vietnam in the 1960s and 70s. The guest speakers are expected to appear around 8 p.m.

Every week, the Cedar Crest class looks at American National Security issues from the end of the cold war through present day. The class serves as an introduction to the most pressing national security concerns confronting the United States in the 21st century. A different topic is featured every week. Topics addressed include: terrorism, homeland security, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missile defenses and regional security roles for the U.S. in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

This week students and the veterans will discuss the difficulty of spreading democracy to other parts of the world. They will focus on the hard task of building a market-based economy and how the social systems in other countries both help and hinder the process of nation building.

The veterans will give students first-hand accounts of the problems they faced in Vietnam and how they relate to the issues confronting the American troops today.

Media are invited to attend the "American National Security" class, but are asked to register in advance by calling the College Relations Office. Dr. Spiezio is available for interview. Schedule an interview by calling College Relations at 610-740-3790.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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