Bing West, a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, will speak at the University of Central Florida on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
“Lessons From Iraq: Flawed Execution or is America Unwilling to Fight?” will begin at 3 p.m. in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the Student Union. The event, organized by the UCF Global Perspectives Office, is part of the 2011-2012 themes of “People Power, Politics and Global Change” and “Covering Crises from the Frontlines.” It is free and open to the public.
West is an expert on the Vietnam War, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other defense, national security and geopolitical issues. He served as assistant secretary of defense for International Affairs during the Reagan administration.
West also is the author of six books on national security and the military, including his Vietnam classic, “The Village,” which has been on the Commandant of the Marine Corps Reading List for 20 years. For his most recent book, “The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy and the Way out of Afghanistan,” West was embedded with troops on the frontlines there.
West was cited by the Los Angeles Times as one of the top 10 journalists covering Iraq, which he has traveled to 11 times over the past four years and where he was embedded with more than 30 U.S. battalions. His articles appear regularly in The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall St. Journal, The New York Times and Slate.
In addition to the Global Perspectives Office, sponsors and partners of West’s presentation include the UCF Global Peace and Security Studies Program, The Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellowship Program, Lawrence J. Chastang and the Chastang Foundation, the Orlando Area Committee on Foreign Relations, LarsonAllen LLP, the UCF Nicholson School of Communication, the UCF Diplomacy Program, the UCF Middle Eastern Studies Program, the UCF Political Science Department, the UCF International Services Center, UCF LIFE, the UCF Book Festival 2012 in association with the Morgridge International Reading Center and the Global Connections Foundation.