Seminars at Steamboat continues with foreign policy discussion tonight

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Seminars at Steamboat

Dialogues on Public Policy, 2008 Summer Season upcoming events

- 5 p.m. today

Strings Music Festival Pavilion

"Why Foreign Policy Issues in the 2008 Election Matter So Much to the World"

Strobe Talbott: president of The Brookings Institution; former deputy secretary of state under President Clinton; former Washington, D.C., bureau chief and diplomatic correspondent for Time magazine; and author of "The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation"

- Aug. 14

"Women Waging Peace: Lessons from the Bosnian War"

Swanee Hunt, director of Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and former ambassador to Austria

- Aug. 21

"Israel, Palestine and the Chances for Peace"

Galia Golan, on the faculty of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and a founder of Peace Now

— The Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott will focus on the United States' role in changing the course of climate change and nuclear proliferation in a free seminar tonight at the Strings Music Festival Pavilion.

Talbott will share his views about "Why Foreign Policy Issues in the 2008 Election Matter So Much in the World," in the second installment of the 2008 Seminars at Steamboat.

Talbott, a former deputy secretary of state under the Clinton administration, also was the Washington, D.C., bureau chief and diplomatic correspondent for Time magazine and director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization.

"The next president will face the most dangerous and complex challenges ever for a new administration," Talbott said in a news release.

"The new president will need to move quickly and dramatically to demonstrate that respect for international law, treaties and organizations is firmly reinstated as part of the bedrock of American foreign policy," he said.

Talbott's topic is particularly timely with the presidential election now only three months away, said Belle Sawhill, program committee chairwoman and co-founder of Seminars at Steamboat.

The Seminars at Steamboat board gets together each summer at the conclusion of the series and suggests topics for the next season, Sawhill said.

"We pick topics first, and then we try to match topics with people," Sawhill said.

Friends of the Seminars - donors who have contributed to the program - are invited to a post-seminar dinner at Rex's American Grill to continue the discussion. Please RSVP to seminarsatsteamboat@yahoo.com.

The remaining two seminars in the 2008 series are scheduled for Aug. 14, when Swanee Hunt will speak on "Women Waging Peace: Lessons from the Bosnian War," and Aug. 21, when Galia Golan will address "Israel, Palestine and the Chances for Peace," according to Jane Stein, spokeswoman for Seminars at Steamboat. The events are free.

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