Waterloo, Ontario - Ellen Laipson, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, DC , will speak at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) on October 23 as part of CIGI's 2008-2009 Signature Lecture Series.

A frequent speaker on Middle East issues, U.S. foreign policy and global trends, Ms. Laipson will discuss U.S. policy towards Iraq during the Bush administration, its results and what that means for the next U.S. administration's Iraq policy.

Ms. Laipson directs the Southwest Asia project at The Henry L. Stimson Center, which focuses on a range of security issues in the Gulf region. Founded in 1989, the prestigious Center is a non-profit, non-partisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a unique combination of rigorous analysis and outreach.

She is well-known for her long and illustrious career in government service, including Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council (NIC) and Special Assistant to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. At NIC, she co-managed the interdisciplinary study "Global Trends 2015" and directed NIC's outreach to think tanks and research organizations on a wide range of national security topics.

Ms. Laipson's earlier government career focused on analysis and policy making on Middle East and South Asian issues. She was the Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs for the National Security Council, National Intelligence Officer for Near and South Asia, a member of the State Department's policy planning staff and a specialist in Middle East Affairs for the Congressional Research Service.

EVENT:

"U.S. Policy towards Iraq: The end of an exceptional era"

DATE:

Thursday, October 23

TIME:

4:00 - 5:00 pm

LOCATION:

The Centre for International Governance Innovation

57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario

MEDIA CONTACT:

Matt Eason

Research/Protocol Assistant

519-590-5211

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