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October 10, 2012


Leading scholar of American foreign policy Bruce Jentleson will deliver a lecture titled “American Foreign Policy in a New Era” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the University Center Theater at The University of Montana. The free public lecture is presented by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM.

Jentleson is a professor of public policy and political science at Duke University and served as a senior adviser to the Department of State policy planning director from 2009 to 2011. He will discuss ways he believes are effective in promoting U.S. foreign policy interests geared to the realities of the world as it is, not the way it used to be. He contends a varied approach to foreign policy, such as the different strategies pursued in Libya, Iraq and relating to global financial reform, best suit the international environment of the 21st century.

Jentleson is a frequent commenter who has appeared on the Lehrer News Hour, BBC, Al Jazeera and NPR. His recent publications include “American Foreign Policy: Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century” and “The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas.” Before teaching at Duke, Jentleson held research appointments at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Brookings Institution, Oxford University and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He also served as a senior foreign policy adviser to Vice President Al Gore during his 2000 presidential campaign and currently is a member of the Obama 2012 campaign on the National Security and Advisory Steering Committee.

The lecture will be co-sponsored by the Mansfield Center, the World Affairs Council of Montana and the UM Global Leadership Initiative. The Center works to promote an understanding of Asia, public affairs and ethics.

For more information call Mansfield Center Associate Director Otto Koester at 406-243-2050 or email





Contact: Otto Koester, associate director, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM, 406-243-2050,