The University of Chicago News Office
April 9, 2004

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University of Chicago Political Union

Douglas Feith, Undersecretary of Defense, to speak on Wednesday, April 14

Douglas Feith

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Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, one of the architects of the American military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, will deliver remarks and take questions from students at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall. This event is for students; only students with a valid, current UCID will be allowed to attend. All interested media must RSVP to Josh Schonwald at (773) 702-8359 before 3:00 p.m. Tuesday to reserve a spot.

As Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Mr. Feith advises the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on matters related to the formation of national security and defense policy, as well as Department of Defense policy regarding national security objectives.

Mr. Feith was nominated by President George W. Bush on April 30, 2001, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 12, 2001. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Feith worked in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Feith & Zell, P.C., specializing in international law.

In addition to his legal work, Mr. Feith has extensive previous government experience. From March 1984 until September 1986, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy. Prior to that position, Mr. Feith served Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle as a special counsel. Early in the Reagan administration, Mr. Feith worked as a Middle East specialist on the National Security Council in the White House.

Mr. Feith has also written extensively on defense and foreign policy and his articles have appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic. Mr. Feith has also contributed chapters to several books, ranging from a biography of Winston Churchill to a history of Israel.

Mr. Feith earned a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.

The University of Chicago Political Union is a non-partisan student-run organization dedicated to advancing political debate on the university campus. Previous speakers have include former Japanese Prime Minister Kezio Obuchi, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and Polish President and Noble laureate Lech Walesa.
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