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March 14, 2003

San Francisco State University offers the media a vast array of knowledgeable experts available to provide background and timely perspective on issues surrounding possible war with Iraq. SFSU's scholars have expertise in subjects ranging from how a war with Iraq might be fought to the affect war would have on the U.S. and global economy. For assistance in reaching these selected faculty experts and others, please call the SFSU Office of Public Affairs at (415) 338-1665.

American foreign policy

Andrew Hanami, professor of international relations, is an authority on U.S. foreign policy and its implications. Hanami teaches a course on war and strategy, which examines issues such as modern military tactics and weapons technology.

Ambassador David Fischer, SFSU's Diplomat in Residence, has more than 30 years experience in foreign affairs including working in a variety of positions in the State Department. Fischer, who has expertise on the role intelligence agencies play in war, last year developed a new course at SFSU on terrorism and international politics.

Jerry Combs, professor of history, is an authority on the history of American foreign policy and America's military history. Combs can discuss America's foreign policy strategy during times of war.

Sophie Clavier, a lecturer in international relations, is an expert on international affairs, especially regarding issues of war and peace. Clavier teaches a course on world law, which covers international law and conflict resolution.

Intentional relations lecturer Glenn Fieldman closely follows U.S. foreign policy. Her research includes the politics of Eastern European countries and political economy.

Iraq and the Middle East

Sanjoy Banerjee, associate professor of international relations, studies the rise of the Taliban and political issues in Afghanistan and Iraq. Banerjee is also knowledgeable about U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East.

Marshall Windmiller, professor emeritus of international relations, is a veteran analyst of political issues of the Middle East. Windmiller, who spent 45 years on the faculty at SFSU before retiring in 1994, closely follows events in Iraq and the Middle East.

Dwight Simpson, professor of international relations, is a scholar on the history of conflicts in the Middle East. For many years he has taught a popular course on the political, cultural, economic and military aspects of the Middle East.

Islamic history and culture

Maziar Behrooz, assistant professor of history, is an authority on the history of the Islamic world and, current political and cultural trends. Behrooz created SFSU's two-part class on the history of the Islamic world from the years 500-1500 and 1500 to today.

Minoo Moallem, chair and assistant professor of women studies, is an expert on issues of women and Islamic fundamentalism and feminist movements in the Middle East among Muslims, and Iranian cultural politics.

The United Nations

JoAnn Aviel, chair of the Department of International Relations, is an expert on the workings of the United Nations and the role of the UN inspectors. Aviel, an authority on foreign policy analysis, heads up SFSU's Model United Nations Program, which also allows students to examine major issues facing the United Nations. War and peace

Lecturer Ann Robertson studies political philosophy and human rights around the world in SFSU's Department of Philosophy, which houses the University's Global Peace Studies Program. She can discuss how America's political stance is viewed globally.

War, the President, Congress

Robert Smith, professor of political science, studies the workings of the Office of President and Congress. Smith can discuss issues facing President Bush and Congress concerning war with Iraq and how past presidents have dealt with war. War and the economy

Betty Blecha, professor of economics, is an authority on the workings of the U.S. economy. Blecha also can discuss how war with Iraq could affect current economic conditions in the United States and throughout the world.

Free speech and civil liberties

Joe Tuman, professor of speech and communication studies, is an expert on political communication. An analyst of political speeches and debates, Tuman's current class on political communications has been examining White House attempts to build support.

Media and the war

John Burks, chair of the journalism department, can discuss aspects of reporters working with the military to cover the war. Burks, a former Newsweek correspondent and former managing editor of Rolling Stone magazine, follows media coverage of major events.

Rick Houlberg, professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, has studied broadcast coverage of wars and how coverage has changed since the Vietnam War. Houlberg, a Vietnam veteran himself, is an expert on television news production.

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