A three-day conference will explore the past, present and future of the 50-year-old NATO.
NATO advisers, military officials, congressional representatives and scholars will examine the alliance's past and future during a three-day conference this week.
The conference, "NATO: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," will start Thursday at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park and Fort Leavenworth's Command and General Staff College. On Friday, speakers at the free conference will focus on security issues and NATO and European integration, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Woodruff Auditorium of the Kansas Union.
Speakers at Kansas University will include Cold War analyst John Gaddis and KU professors Ted Wilson, Carl Strikwerda and Paul D'Anieri.
Retired Brig. Gen. John C. Reppert, a specialist on Russia and on arms control from Harvard University, will speak on "NATO and Russia" at 12:15 p.m. Friday in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union.
"There is a tremendous amount of local talent at KU and in the region, certainly at Fort Leavenworth, that can be brought to bear about NATO and NATO enlargement," said Burdett Loomis, head of KU's Dole Institute for Public Service and Public Policy, one of the sponsors of the event to honor NATO's 50th anniversary.
"It's one more indication that Kansas is connected to the world at large in any number of ways," Loomis said.
Thursday's speakers at Johnson County Community College include Admiral William J. Crowe Jr., former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Crowe's speech, "NATO and the New Millennium," will be at 11 a.m. at The Theatre of the Carlsen Center in Overland Park.
Saturday's program at Johnson County Community College's Cultural Education Center includes retired Brig. Gen. Carl Reddel, Eisenhower World Affairs Institute, Washington, D.C.; U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts; and John Lough, from NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
All sessions are free and open to the public, but Saturday's events require registration.
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