Examining the war on terror as 9/11 anniversary approaches

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 3, 2009) — As the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, Tennessee Tech University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Tennessee World Affairs Council will present a symposium examining America’s war on terrorism from the time of the attacks through the first year of President Barak Obama’s administration.
The approximately two-hour symposium is scheduled 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in Tennessee Tech’s Derryberry Hall Auditorium.
In the first hour, four experts will address specific policy issues related to America’s war on terror. Patrick Ryan, Tennessee World Affairs Council president and a retired U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer will open the discussion with an overview of the war on terror. He will also act as the moderator of the symposium.
Ryan is the president and founder of Ryan and Associates, an editorial consulting firm based in Cookeville specializing in on-line global affairs information resources, especially covering developments in the Middle East and Asia. Among the projects developed and operated under Ryan’s direction are the Saudi-US Relations Information Service, the Saudi-American Forum, GulfWire, and ArabiaLink.
Michael Gunter, TTU political science professor, will address the situation in Iraq, as well as the Kurdish issue, Turkey and Iran. Gunter, one of the world’s leading scholars of the Kurdish population, is a member of the European Union Turkey Civic Commission.
TTU history professor Patrick Reagan will examine how the Obama administration has performed in this national security area. Reagan, author of “America and the War with Iraq: A Bibliography for Instructors,” is knowledgeable about terrorist aggression, political unrest and post Cold War events.
Jeff Roberts, TTU history department chairperson and professor, will conclude with an analysis of the situation in Afghanistan, including the continuing Taliban insurgency and al-Qaeda’s role. Roberts is the author of “The Origins of Conflict in Afghanistan” (Praeger Publishers 2003) and has taught a course on “The History of Terrorism.”
“As we approach the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks what have we learned about the nature of the threat?” Gunter asked. “How successful has the United States’ response been? What are the lessons the Obama administration is applying? These are among the questions Cookeville citizens and the academic community should address, and so both are invited to what promises to be a most enlightening evening.”
During the second hour, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the four panelists. The symposium is free and open to the public. 

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