SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Ronald D. Asmus, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe during the Clinton administration, will share his thoughts and experiences with the Wittenberg University community the week of March 28 as part of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Residency program.
As a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Asmus will lecture in history and political science classes during the day and at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, he will hold a free public discussion at Bayley Auditorium in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center as part of the Wittenberg Series. His talk, “The Future of the Atlantic Alliance After Iraq,” will conclude with a question and answer session and should last about an hour.
“Dr. Asmus is credited with being one of the leading intellectual architects of the expansion of NATO to include Central and Eastern Europe,” said John Young, instructor of political science at Wittenberg. “The U.S. war with Iraq heightened the visibility of fissures between Europe and the United States that emerged following the end of the Cold War. Although the growing division between Europe and the United States goes well beyond security issues, those divisions have raised questions on the continued relevance of NATO. It is these and other issues, including NATO's role in the war against terrorism, that Dr. Asmus is uniquely qualified to address.”
Asmus, a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, has been a senior analyst for “Radio Free Europe” and a research associate at the Free University-Berlin. He has written widely on European security issues on both sides of the Atlantic, and is the author of Opening NATO’s Door: How the Alliance Remade Itself for a New Era. In the early 1990s, Asmus was one of the earliest advocates and intellectual architects of NATO enlargement and subsequently he served as a top aide to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Deputy Secretary Strobe Talbott.
Asmus earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over the years, Asmus has received many awards. He holds the U.S. Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award; the Republic of Poland’s Commander’s Cross, Order of Merit; the Republic of Lithuania’s Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas (Second Class); and the Republic of Estonia’s Order of the Cross of St. Mary’s Land (Third Class). He is also a board member of the Committee on NATO and the U.S. Baltic Foundation.
For more information about the Wittenberg Series, contact Series coordinator Gwendolyn Scheffel at (937) 327-7918.
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