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CU to host panel on Ukraine, Venezuela March 13 (EVENT CANCELED)

                                                                                                                                                               March 7, 2014
For Immediate Release


By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University is hosting a panel discussion to discuss the recent events in the Ukraine and Venezuela at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 13 in the Banquet Hall of the Badgett Academic Support Center at 110 University Drive, Campbellsville.

The public is invited to the event that will feature former Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, director and professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, and Dr. Robert Farley, assistant professor at the Patterson School.

The purpose of the discussion, according to Dr. Shawn Williams, assistant professor of political science at Campbellsville University, is an examination of what, if anything, the United States should do to get involved in both crises.

The tentative title of the event is “Ukraine and Venezuela: How Should the U.S. Respond?”

There will be a moderated panel with question time from the audience. Some likely topics will center on a brief outline to the recent events, which are changing daily; what national security interests, if any, does the United States have in each region; who should lead in addressing these crises, the United States or regional interests; whether these events are pro-democracy movements, anti-corruption movements or both, how the United States should move forward, etc.

The discussion is sponsored by Campbellsville University’s Kentucky Institute on Public Policy (KHIPP) and the campus Pi Sigma Alpha chapter of the American Political Science.

 Carey Cavanaugh
Carey Cavanaugh

Cavanaugh came to the Patterson School after a Foreign Service career centered on conflict resolution, political-military affairs and humanitarian issues. In addition to Washington assignments in the State Department, Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, Cavanaugh served in Berlin, Moscow, Tbilisi, Rome and Bern.

In 1992, he established the first U.S. Embassy to the new Republic of Georgia, serving as Chargé d’affaires. Under Presidents Clinton and Bush, he spearheaded or helped advance peace efforts involving Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Tajikistan and Turkey. His final government assignment was foreign policy/political advisor to Admiral Mike Mullen.

He earned his bachelor of arts degree at the University of Florida, his master of arts degree at the University of Notre Dame, with four years additional graduate work at Notre Dame and the Army Russian Institute in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

In 1991, he was an APSA Congressional Fellow. Cavanaugh is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His areas of specialization include conflict resolution, diplomacy, mediation, United States foreign policy, arms control, Europe and Russia.

 Dr. Robert Farley
Dr. Robert Farley

Farley started at the Patterson School in 2005 as a post-doc scholar. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 2004.

His dissertation, “Transnational Determinants of Military Doctrine,” investigated the role that transnational networks of military officers play in the diffusion of military doctrine.

In addition to a book manuscript, he is working on projects involving piracy and naval doctrine, nuclear power in second tier states and the spread of “Mahanianism” across the international system in the first half of the twentieth century.

His areas of specialization include military doctrine, transnational politics and national security.

The public is invited to the free discussion.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.