Northern Virginia Congressional Candidates to Discuss Foreign Policy

Posted: October 12, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Candidates for the three U.S congressional seats from the Northern Virginia districts have been invited to discuss “Long-Term National Security: The Future of American Foreign Policy” at a public forum arranged by the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) on the Arlington Campus. The event is on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The community is invited.

To date, the following candidates have accepted invitations to speak: Lisa Marie Cheney (R) from the 8th District, who is challenging incumbent Jim Moran (D); James Socas (D) from the 10th District, who is running against Frank Wolf (R); and Ken Longmeyer (D), from the 11th District, who hopes to unseat Tom Davis (R). Wolf and Davis have declined the invitation.

Each of the candidates will explain in brief opening statements how they evaluate the long-term threats to American national security and will recommend measures to counter these threats. A nonpartisan panel of experts will then ask the candidates to respond to questions, after which members of the audience will then be invited to join the discussion. The forum will conclude with brief closing statements by the candidates.

“Especially since the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001, Americans have been intensely interested in making their country more secure against terrorist attacks,” says Richard Rubenstein, ICAR professor of conflict resolution and public affairs and moderator of the forum. “For understandable reasons, most official responses to the threat of future attacks have focused on military and intelligence-based measures that might help to make us more secure in the short run. But the 9/11 Commission Report emphasizes that the threat to American security is long term,” he says, and that, quoting the report, “our effort should be accompanied by a preventive strategy that is as much, or more, political as it is military.”

The forum will be at 3330 Washington Boulevard in the Truland Building, Room 555. For further information, contact Rubenstein at 703-993-1307, or e-mail richruben@aol.com.

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