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April 19: Burrow into the shadowy National Security Council

A talk to the Indiana Council on World Affairs about the real power behind US foreign policy by David Rothkopf, author of Running The World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power.

When: Wednesday April 19 cocktails 5:30; dinner 6:30; talk at 7:15 PM

Where: Butler University 4600 Sunset Ave. Indianapolis: Johnson Room, Robertson Hall


Created in 1947 as an advisory and policy-making panel, the National Security Council (NSC) was little-known to the general public until Henry Kissinger put his personal stamp of celebrity on the office of National Security Advisor (NSA) in the 1970s. In this bureaucratic history of the NSC Rothkopf shows how each NSA determined the agenda and defined the role of the NSC, and he evaluates each NSA from Kissinger, Scowcroft to Condoleeza Rice. Rothkopf is a Washington insider who has served in the Clinton administration, worked for Kissinger Associates as well as for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He tells just how the NSC works, how its staff has grown and why, the quality of its advice to the president, and what role the NSC played in the events of 9/11. For his book he interviewed most of the major NSA's (including Condoleeza Rice) as well as others on the NSC such as Colin Powell. In doing so, he evaluates their strengths and weaknesses, their differing managerial styles, and how they influenced American foreign policy.

Read this announcement from the ICWA to make reservations for this event:

Dinner for this special event is $22.00 per person for members and $24 for non-members. If you wish to become a member of ICWA, dues are $30 per year. If sending dues with event registration, please note this on your check.

Reservations for Members:

Reservations may be made via e-mail or by calling 566-2036. Please send e-mail reservations to KMKulkarni@aol.com. All e-mail reservations must have “ICWA Dinner Reservation” as the subject and must contain all contact information including name, address, telephone number and the number of reservations being made. All member reservations, whether by mail, telephone or e-mail must be received by the end of the day Friday, April 14th.

Reservations for Non-Members:

Non-members may make reservations via e-email or phone (566-2036), however reservations must be followed by payment to Office Suites Plus (see below) by Thursday, April 13th to confirm your reservation. E-mail reservations may be sent to KMKulkarni@aol.com and have “ICWA Dinner Reservation” as the subject and must contain your name, address, telephone and the number of reservations made. Since seating is limited, ICWA members will have priority in the event we reach capacity.

Since dinners are catered, all reservations must be guaranteed. Cancellation deadline is Friday, April 14th. Canceling reservations by this deadline will avoid a financial commitment to ICWA.

If you are attending the discussion only, no reservations are necessary, however, there is a $3.00 fee for ICWA members, and a $4.00 fee for non-members.

Please return reservation form and a check made payable to Indiana Council on World Affairs, c/o Office Suites Plus, 3815 River Crossing Parkway, Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46240.

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