NATO in the 21st Century: Hearing both sides of the debate

April 11, 2012

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"NATO in the 21st Century" panelists

On May 20-21, 2012, leaders from around the world will gather in Chicago for the NATO Summit.  Some view the summit as an opportunity to showcase Chicago to the world, while others object to the work of NATO and are planning large-scale protests.  What are citizens of Chicago to make of all the controversy?  What is the purpose of NATO and why does it's work receive such strong protests?  For answers to these questions and others listen in as Worldview's Jerome McDonnell facilitates an in-depth discussion, hosted on April 11, 2012.

Panelists include:

J.D. Bindenagel is DePaul University’s vice president for Community, Government, and International Affairs. He spent 28 years  with the U.S. State Department, serving in a variety of positions including: a U.S. Chargé d'Affaires and deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassy, Bonn, Germany, and director for Central European Affairs in the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs at the State Department from 1992 to 1994.   Bindenagel was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1999 as U.S. Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust issues and reached agreements on World War II-era forced labor, insurance, art, property restitution, and Holocaust education, research and remembrance.

Kathy Kelly is the co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare abroad. She has visited countries affected by U.S. military and sanctions numerous times. She has spent most of her life trying to defy economic sanctions and stifle the cycle of poverty, military occupation and depravation in territories such as the West Bank, Gaza, Pakistan and Afghanistan using nonviolence.

William Schweiker is a distinguished theologian and author specializing in theological ethics at the University of Chicago. His recent academic interests include comparative religious ethics, hermeneutical philosophy and exploring the theological and ethical questions of global dynamics.

Bernard Harcourt is an accomplished author and political theory scholar. He is a professor of law and political science as well as the Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago. His interests include social and political theory, the sociology of punishment, and penal law and procedure.

This event was presented as a co-production of Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) and Fourth Presbyterian Church, as part of “Michigan Avenue Forums at Fourth Presbyterian Church” which aims to promote civic formation within the Chicagoland community by presenting a series of events that feature important thinkers and public leaders in live lecture or debate format, discussing current issues of civic and ethical priority.