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National Missile Defence: President Bush's First Diplomatic Challenge

Monday 5 February, 6.30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

James Rubin, former US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, will be sharing his views on President Bush's first diplomatic challenge in a lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The lecture will be chaired by Fred Halliday, professor of International Relations at LSE.

Mr Rubin will address one of the key questions for President Bush - America's approach to National Missile Defence and the emerging critique from key European allies and Russia. He will also focus upon possible options to avert a diplomatic and security crisis.

There will be an opportunity for press questions at the end of the lecture.

The lecture has been organised by LSE's Student Union's Grimshaw Club.  It will be held at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE.

All tickets, except for members of the press, have now gone. 


Journalists are invited to attend this lecture.

Entry is by ticket only. For further information or to reserve a ticket, please contact Susanne Baker, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email pressoffice@lse.ac.uk| .

Notes for Editors

  • James P Rubin was nominated by President Clinton to be Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs on May 23, 1997 and confirmed by the full Senate on July 31, 1997. The Secretary of State also appointed him to be the Department's Chief Spokesman. In this capacity, Mr Rubin conducted daily on camera briefings for the state department press corps, represented the administration in print, radio, and television interviews, and served as principal adviser to the State Department and other Government agencies on all aspects of the Department's responsibilities in the conduct of public affairs. Mr Rubin also served as a Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State from January 1997-2000.

Prior to his Presidential appointment, Mr Rubin was Director of Foreign Policy and Spokesman for the Clinton/Gore '96 Campaign. From May 1993 until 1996, Mr Rubin served as Senior Adviser and Spokesman for US Representative to the United Nations, Madeleine K. Albright. From 1989-1993, Mr. Rubin served as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to Senator Joseph R Biden, Jr (D-DE). From 1985 to 1989, Mr Rubin was the Research Director for the non-profit Arms Control Association in Washington, DC.

  • The Grimshaw Club, based in LSE's International Relations department, is LSE's oldest student union society, and with 250 members one of the largest. The Grimshaw Club frequently hosts speaker and panel discussions throughout the year, stimulating debate on a wide range of subjects relating to international relations. Recent speakers have included Benazir Bhutto and Lord Hurd. For more details see www.lse-students.ac.uk/Grimshaw.

1 February 2001