Media invited to lecture on ‘Blair’s War’ at WFU

Members of the media are invited to a timely discussion on “Europe Today: Blair’s War” with David Coates, the Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies who teaches in the Wake Forest University political science department, at 7 p.m. April 22 in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center.

During his lecture, Coates will explore the reasons for the invasion of Iraq, and for British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s willingness to be a key ally of the United States in that invasion. He will survey the evidence on the adequacy of those reasons and comment on the resulting political situation for the Bush administration and the British government. Because Coates, an expert on the British Labour Party and Anglo-American politics, is British but has lived in the United States for several years, he is in a unique position to provide a U.S. and British perspective.

This discussion is based on topics that appear in the media daily, and Coates will draw on material from his new book “Blair’s War,” which was written with Joel Krieger of Wellesley College. The book was released in the United Kingdom in March and in the United States this month by Polity Press.

The lecture is offered as part of Winston-Salem’s Great Decisions 2004 lecture series and is hosted by the Wake Forest University Center for International Studies.

For more information about media arrangements or to arrange an interview with Coates, contact Jacob McConnico at or 336-758-5237.

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