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Citadel News Service
12 Mar 2012

Former undersecretary of defense for policy lectures

Feith speaks on the Cold War, anti-communism and neo-conservatism


Douglas J. Feith, the undersecretary of defense for policy from 2001 to 2005 who helped devise the U.S. strategy for the war on terrorism, will deliver a lecture Wednesday.  Feith’s lecture is one in a cutting-edge new course being offered at The Citadel this spring called the Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America.

Led by Mallory Factor, the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government, the class brings in national leaders each week, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese and former Reagan economic advisor Arthur Laffer.

“We’re really looking forward to Doug Feith’s lecture about the role of anti-communism within the framework of 20th century conservatism,” said Factor.  “Doug is a true scholar and his talk promises to be enlightening.”

Feith is the senior fellow and director of the Center for National Security Strategies at the Hudson Institute. He is the author of War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism.  As undersecretary of defense for policy, he contributed to policy making for the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns and managed the Department of Defense's international relations and representing the department in interagency policy making.

The Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America is a survey of the political tradition of modern conservatism in the United States with some consideration of its roots in the broader Western political tradition, and specific attention is given to the development of the tradition in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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