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Scholar examines German, Japanese responses to war on terrorism

Feb. 4, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- The level of support for the war on terrorism found in two important U.S. allies-Japan and Germany-will be examined by a Cornell University scholar when he visits the Western Michigan University campus next week.

Dr. Peter Katzenstein, professor of international studies will present, "Same War--Different Views: The Counter-Terrorism Campaigns of Germany and Japan after 9/11," for the annual Sam Clark Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Fetzer Center. Sponsored by WMU's Institute of Government and Politics, the lecture is free and open to the public.

His lecture will focus on current U.S. relations with Germany and Japan, compared to the relationship during the Cold War, when a broad coalition of support existed for a like-minded goal.

"Both countries offer easy tests to explore the extent to which the United States can hope to fight the war against terrorism," says Katzenstein. "Even among the closest allies of the United States, the early stages of the war against terrorism already point to substantial strains."

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Gunther M. Hega, associate professor of political science and director of the Institute of Government and Politics, at (269) 387-5885.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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