September 25, 2007

HARRISONBURG—Dr. Steven Rosefielde, professor of economics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will speak at James Madison University on “Masters of Illusion: Playing for Keeps in a Treacherous World” on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in ISAT 159. The event, the second in the 2007-2008 Guardian Lecture Series sponsored by the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs, is free and open to the public and qualifies as a Wellness Passport event for JMU students.

Dr. Rosefielde, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the London School of Economics, received his master’s degree in Soviet regional studies and his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Harvard University. He joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina in 1972. He was also coordinator of the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Joint Cooperative Research Program on Science and Technology, a collaborative effort between the National Science Foundation and the Soviet Academy of Sciences, between 1977 and 1981. Over the years, he has served as distinguished visiting professor at a number of institutions around the world, including the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California; Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic; Hiroshima University in Japan; the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Nanjing, China; Xiamen University in China; the University of Trento, Italy; and Chabalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. In 1997 he was elected a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

He is the author of more than one hundred articles in scholarly journals as well as more than a dozen books in addition to editing ten anthologies. His most recent book, co-authored with D. Quinn Mills of Harvard Business School, is Masters of Illusion: American Leadership in a New Age (Cambridge University Press, 2007). The work was reviewed by Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute, in the July-August 2007 issue of the foreign policy journal The National Interest. Dr. Pham called the volume “a post-neoconservative book” because “rejecting both the Bush Administration’s neoconservative foreign and defense policies and the liberal alternatives, the authors advocate a strategic posture which they argue is ‘best in future prospect for ourselves and the world.’”

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Rosefielde has served as an advisor to several directors of the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Intelligence Council, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Rosefielde will also lead a Nelson Institute roundtable discussion with JMU faculty before his public lecture.