November 15, 2006

HARRISONBURG—An article posted on the website of the foreign policy journal The National Interest describes the debate last Friday between Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Charles Peña, Senior Fellow at the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy, on the course of future U.S. policy on the war on terrorism and the conflict in Iraq. The debate took place at a luncheon forum in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Nixon Center and The National Interest.

Dr. Pham reviewed Mr. Peña’s recent book, Winning the Un-War: A New Strategy for the War on Terrorism, alongside another work in the September-October printed issue of the journal. This was followed by an exchange between the two scholars on the war on terrorism which was posted on the journal’s website. (Dr. Pham’s original review essay, “Some Unconventional Wisdom,” can be accessed online by clicking here. The subsequent exchange can be read by clicking here.)

In his remarks during the debate, Dr. Pham raised three questions which he asserted were critical to understanding the Iraq conflict: How is Iraq today connected to the overall war on terrorism? What are the implications of a perceived U.S. defeat in Iraq? How should “victory” be defined?

The Nixon Center was founded by former President Nixon in 1994 as a non-partisan public policy institution which operates as a substantively and programmatically independent division of the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace Foundation. Its mission is to explore ways of enhancing American security and prosperity while taking into account the legitimate perspectives of other nations. Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger is the Center’s honorary chairman while former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger is its executive chairman.

The article by apprentice editor Marisa Morrison, “Realism on the War,” can be accessed by clicking here.