The Dole Institute at Kansas University plans to sponsor a conference in September to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, KU officials announced Wednesday.
The program, "NATO: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," will examine the role of the alliance during the Cold War as well as how it adapts to current events and prospects for a future role in world affairs.
Sessions of the conference will be conducted Sept. 9, 10 and 11 in Lawrence, Leavenworth and Overland Park. The public is invited.
"Given Senator (Bob) Dole's continuing role in Kosovo and the Balkans, it is most appropriate for the Dole Institute to organize this conference," said Burdett Loomis, interim director of the institute.
The conference schedule is as follows:
- Sept. 9 -- Three panels of officials will discuss the Ukraine and NATO enlargement at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.
- Sept. 10 -- Experts will assess NATO's major security issues and its relationship to European integration in the Kansas Union at KU.
- Sept. 11 -- Participants will ponder the importance of NATO in the second half of the 20th century, the political and economic implications of NATO today and the influence of the organization in the next millennium.
For information, call the institute at 864-9033 or examine the institute's web site at http://www.ukans.edu/~dole98.
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