Congress to Campus

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Congress to Campus

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Chakrabarti Room JHB208 & JHB Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


We'll be joined by former members of U.S. Congress:

Hon. Ken Kramer (R-CO)

Hon. Larry LaRocco (D-ID)

09:30, Chakrabarti Room JHB208.

'History and Issues: Looking ahead to November' Dr Thomas Robb, Oxford Brookes University.

Dr Robb is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a historian of international relations. His research centres upon the diplomatic and military history of the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. He is the co-founder and currently the Director of the International History and Grand Strategy Research Group in the Department. His most recent work analysed the Anglo-American "special relationship" during the era of detente, 1969-77 and appeared as: A Strained Partnership? US-UK relations in the era of detente, 1969-99 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013). Currently Dr Robb is working upon a number of projects including a new study of the Anglo-American relationship during the presidency of Jimmy Carter; a new book on U.S. and British strategic rivalry during the early years of the Cold War and a broader study on U.S. grand strategy from the end of the U.S. Civil War to the end of the First World War.

11:00, Chakrabarti Room JHB208.

'A Staffer's Perspective: The U.S. House of Representatives vs. The House of Commons' Dr Luke Nichter, Texas A&M University.

Luke is a recognized advocate for government openness, having filed more than one thousand Freedom of Information Act requests for the purpose of opening historically important records to public access. He has an ongoing petition before Judge Royce Lamberth of the District Court for the District of Columbia — In Re: Petition of Luke Nichter, Case No. Misc. 12-74 — which has unsealed thousands of pages of government records in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration.

13:00, JHB Lecture Theatre.

'Should political point scoring have a place in foreign policy campaign platforms?' Dr Matthew Hill, Liverpool John Moores University.

His current research examines the impact of democracy promotion within US foreign policy and its role within the American Mission. It also considers the role of culture in contemporary democratisation strategies and examines the timescale for successful democratic consolidation. What role does or should the society play in determining whether it wants externally delivered democracy? In July 2011 Routledge published Dr Hill's book based on these questions.