DETROIT — Heather Hurlburt, executive director of the National Security Network in Washington, D.C., will speak at Wayne State University Law School Oct. 23 on “Foreign Policy and the Next President: International Relations in the 2012 Election.” The talk begins at 12:15 p.m. in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer St., and lunch will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Hurlburt served as a speechwriter for President Clinton and as an aide to secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher, as well as at the State Department Office of Policy Planning. Last month, Policy magazine named her as one of the 50 most powerful Democrats on foreign policy in the nation. She frequently writes for newspapers and magazines such as the Washington Post, New Republic and New York Times, and often appears on various cable news programs. The National Security Network is a nonprofit organization devoted to policy analysis and public education on a wide range of foreign policy and national security issues.
Hurlburt’s talk is set one day after the last of the national presidential debates — the one focusing on foreign policy. She will comment on that debate, as well as discuss which foreign policy issues and scenarios the next president likely will face during the next four years.
Hurlburt’s talk will be the fourth of five fall speaker events sponsored by Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies.
“Heather Hurlburt works at the intersection of complex foreign policy analysis and the ups and downs of American politics,” said Professor Gregory Fox, director of Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies. “There is no one better qualified to explain the many foreign crises the next president — whether Romney or Obama — will need to confront.”
The last participant in Wayne Law’s Program for International Studies’ fall speaker series will be Julian Mortenson of the University of Michigan Law School discussing “Drafting History and Treaty Interpretation: The Travaux of Travaux” set for Nov. 12.
Parking for the lectures is available for $6 in Structure No. 1 across from the Law School.