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Kennan Forum - Election 2008: Foreign Policy and The Media

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David Marash
David Marash

Dave Marash is an award-winning correspondent covering global as well as US domestic stories.  He was a lead anchor at Al Jazeera English until March 2008  Previously, he was with ABC News' Nightline. .

Marash's coverage of world events has been highly acclaimed, winning him an Emmy Award in 1980 for coverage of the Sandinisa Revolution in Nicaragua, in 1994 for coverage of the war in Bosnia, in 1996 for coverage of the domestic terrorism in Oklahoma City and in 1996 for covering the explosion of TWA flight 800 off the coast of Long Island and an Emmy Award nomination in 2005 for coverage of the effects of the Asian tsunami in Sri Lanka.

He was also been awarded the Du Pont Award and Global Health Award in 2000 for a three part series of Nightline programmes on the effects of AIDS in Zimbabwe.

He was also awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for his radio reports of the 1972 Black September hostage killings at the Munich Olympic Games.

Claudia Rosett
Claudia Rosett
Journalist-in-Residence, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Claudia Rosett is a Journalist-in-Residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Currently based in New York, she has reported over the past 27 years from Asia, the former Soviet Union, Latin America and the Middle East. In recent years she has focused on the United Nations, especially U.N.-related corruption and terrorist money trails; and also writes about democratic movements in despotic states. From 1984-2002 she was a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, working as Book Review Editor in New York (1984-86); Editorial-Page Editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal based in Hong Kong (1986-93); as a Reporter and then Bureau Chief based in Moscow (1993-96); and as a member of the Editorial Board in New York (1997-2002).

For her on-site coverage of China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising, Ms. Rosett won an Overseas Press Club Citation for Excellence. In 2005 she won the Eric Breindel Award and Mightier Pen Award for her reporting on corruption under the United Nations Oil-for-Food program.

Ben Merens, Moderator
Ben Merens, Moderator
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April 17, 2008
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pabst Theater
144 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee ,WI 53202
Basic Members: $5.00
Premium & Above Members: $0
Non-Members: $10.00
Students: $0
About the Issue Brief Competition:
            The Institute of World Affairs (IWA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for International Education (CIE) established the first issue brief writing competition in 2006 and invited graduate students to submit proposals. This year the proposals addressed the theme, of foreign policy and the media during a presidential election year. Criteria for selection of the proposal weighed heavily on the degree of relevance to the forum theme and critical analysis of the issues.
            This issue brief is part of an occasional series of papers IWA publishes to accompany programs. These works do not necessarily reflect the opinion of IWA, but are intended to foster discussion about critical global issues. A reading list and discussion questions are included.
About the Author:
Christine E. Goepfert is a graduate student in International Affairs at Marquette University.
Miss Goepfert, a Wisconsin native, earned a BA in History and Asian Studies from UW-Milwaukee in 2004. She taught English as a second language at Sheng Da College in China for one year before she began her graduate studies at Marquette in 2006.   Her areas of interest include: globalization, media studies, and labor rights.
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