January 10, 2006

HARRISONBURG—Dr. Stephen F. Knott, associate professor and co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, will speak at James Madison University on “Intelligence Reform in the Post-9/11 World: Ignoring the Lessons of History” on Wednesday, January 24, 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. Knott received his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College and taught at the United States Air Force Academy for seven years before joining UVA’s Miller Center. He is the author of numerous articles as well as several books on the presidency, intelligence, and covert operations, including Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency (Oxford University Press, 1996). He currently co-directs the Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History Program, which systematically and comprehensively debriefs the principal figures in the administrations of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, with plans to do the same for future presidents.

“At a time when concerns about the U.S. intelligence community, its organization, its role in the war on terrorism, and, in fact, the very place of intelligence in a democratic society, are very much in the forefront of national policy discussions, we are extraordinarily pleased that a distinguished scholar like Dr. Knott will be speaking at JMU,” said Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of JMU’s Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs, which is sponsoring the event. “I expect he will help us to put the issues into historical and strategic perspective.”

Dr. Pham met Dr. Knott and became acquainted with the latter’s work when the two participated in a counterterrorism course together in Israel two years ago.

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