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Feb. 7, 2003

Shapir To Speak About Arms Control In Middle East Feb. 12

Yiftah Shapir, a researcher at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) about "Prospects for Arms Control and Regional Security in the Middle East: An Israeli Perspective." The program will take place at noon Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St., Iowa City.

Shapir joined the Center for Strategic Studies in 1993 as an associate of the center's Project on Security and Arms Control, where he followed the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Middle East. He subsequently took charge of the Middle East Military Project and is the co-editor responsible for the quantitative section of JCSS's annual Middle East Military Balance. Shapir holds a bachelor of science degree in physics and chemistry from Hebrew University. He also received an MBA degree, specializing in information technology and operation research, from Tel Aviv University.

This program will be catered by Café Z. Those wishing to attend should send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 38 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. Reservations for this program should be received in the office by noon Monday, Feb. 10. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members.

This program is made possible with the cooperation of University of Iowa Hillel and the UI department of political science as well as support from UI International Programs. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM will re- broadcast the lecture on Thursday, Feb. 13 following the noon news.

For more information on this program or the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, contact Tom Baldridge, ICFRC executive director, at (319) 335-0351.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of International Programs (IP), these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu. Program: Tom Baldridge, ICFRC, 319-335-0351. Writer: Kent Nguyen