February 1, 2007

HARRISONBURG— Dr. John C. Hulsman, Alfred von Oppenheim Scholar in Residence at the German Council on Foreign Relations (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, DGAP) in Berlin, will speak at James Madison University on “Ethical Realism and the Search for a Solution to the Iranian Crisis” on Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in ISAT 159. The event is free and open to the public and qualifies as a Wellness Passport event for JMU students.

Dr. Hulsman received his master’s and doctoral degrees in modern history and international relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and has taught at both that university and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the author of numerous articles as well as several books on the foreign policy including, most recently, of Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World (Pantheon Press, 1996), co-authored with Anatol Lieven. In addition, he has given nearly 900 high-level briefings on issues such as Iraq, Iran, terrorism, transatlantic relations, and global geopolitics at the invitation of the United States Department of State, the National Security Council, the U.S. Congress, and governments around the world. He served on both the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Transatlantic Relations and its Task Force on Iraq before joining the Centre for European Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations as the first Alfred von Oppenheim Chair in 2006.

“At a time when, even as so much of our foreign policy attention is focused on Iraq, Iran looms on the horizon as an even greater strategic challenge, we are very pleased to have Dr. Hulsman speak at JMU,” said Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of JMU’s Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs, which is sponsoring the event. “He is widely respected on both sides of the Atlantic and his perspective should help us to focus our search for a resolution that is both realistic and right.”


Founded in 1955, the German Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan research institution which takes part both in political decision making and in promoting understanding of German foreign policy and international relations. It publishes the influential journal Internationale Politik.


Dr. Hulsman’s presentation is part of the Guardian Lecture Series sponsored by the Nelson Institute. In addition to his public lecture, Dr. Hulsman will lead a Nelson Institute roundtable discussion with JMU faculty.