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April 12, 2013

Peace studies speaker to address drone warfare

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Robert Naiman, policy director of Just Foreign Policy and president of the board of Truthout, will speak April 25 at Purdue University on "Why Drone Warfare is Wrong and What We Can Do About It."

The event, which is free and open to the public, is at 7:30 p.m. in Armstrong Hall, Room 1010.

"The use of drone strikes by the United States to target alleged enemies has become controversial within the country and around the world," says Harry Targ, professor of political science and event organizer. "Recent reports highlight strikes against unknown targets, so-called 'collateral damage' and rising anger against the United States in countries such as Pakistan."

Naiman participated in a delegation of peace activists who visited Pakistan in October 2012. He has a master's degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Illinois and has studied and worked in the Middle East.

The event is sponsored by the Committee on Peace Studies and co-sponsored by the Lafayette Area Peace Coalition and the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of West Lafayette. The Committee on Peace Studies at Purdue offers an undergraduate interdisciplinary minor field of study and sponsors lectures and films on issues of war and peace. It is housed in the Department of Political Science. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Harry Targ, 765-494-4169, targ@purdue.edu