Media Must Pre-register for Symposium on "The Road from Algiers to Baghdad"

Henry A. Kissinger, former Secretary of State and winner of the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, will participate in a symposium at Yale University on December 6 at 7:45 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium, Yale Law School, 127 Wall St.

The event is free and open to the Yale community. Members of the media are welcome to attend, but need to make prior arrangements through the Office of Public Affairs, since Yale identification will be checked at the door.

The main speakers are available to meet with the press briefly after the presentation. Please indicate your interest in participating in a press session when you contact the Office of Public Affairs.

 “The Road from Algiers to Baghdad” will outline the conflict between France and Algeria, 1954–61, and explore how the lessons learned by France during occupation and insurgency relate to the current American experience in Iraq. The symposium’s primary speakers are Sir Alistair Horne and Thomas E. Ricks.

Horne is author of some 20 books, including “A Savage War of Peace,” a recently reissued history of the Algerian War that won the Wolfson Literary Award and other prizes when it was first published in 1977. Historian, foreign correspondent and official biographer of Harold Macmillan, Horne was awarded the French Legion d’Honneur in 1993 and was knighted in 2003 for his work in French history. Horne is a graduate of Cambridge University. In 1969, he founded the Alistair Horne Research Fellowship in Modern History, at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, designed to help young historians and biographers. 

Ricks was military correspondent for the Wall Street Journal for 17 years before joining the Washington Post in 1999. He was a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams on both newspapers. He has reported from many of the world’s hot spots, including Somalia, Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. Ricks is author of the New York Times bestseller, “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.”  His book, “Making the Corps,” won the Washington Monthlys “Political Book of the Year” award. Ricks is a graduate of Yale College.

Kissinger became the 56th Secretary of State in 1973. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, and from 1954 to 1969, he was a member of the faculty at Harvard. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom—America’s highest civilian award—in 1977. He is author of 15 books, including “White House Years,” “Does America Need a Foreign Policy: Toward a Diplomacy for the 21st Century” and “Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises.”

This is the seventh in a series of symposia organized by Stanley Flink, a lecturer in the Political Science Department, as an extension of his seminar, “Ethics and the Media.”

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