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Op-ed: The Dangers of Preemption *

Mar. 16, 2003—To justify military action without Security Council approval, the president invoked the doctrine of "pre-emptive" self-defense. In doing so, he dismissed a centuries-old principle of international law and opened the door to a world of unknown dangers and grave moral challenges. Allison Marsten Danner, Vanderbilt University professor of law, collaborated with George Fisher, Stanford University professor of law, to write the following op-ed.

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"Understanding the Middle East" Series examines Islam and post-Saddam Iraq in two events

Mar. 14, 2003—Ebrahim E. I. Moosa presents "Re-Thinking Islam in Modernity" on March 20 and Kanan Makiya presents "The United States and Post-Saddam Iraq" on Wednesday, April 2.

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State of the Union critical moment for Bush presidency, says Vanderbilt professor

Jan. 27, 2003—President Bush’s Jan. 28 State of the Union address is his most important opportunity to date to make the case for going to war with Iraq, according to Thomas Schwartz, a Vanderbilt University expert on U.S. foreign policy and alliance politics.

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Racist’s threats to have federal judge murdered “typical” of how he operates, says Vanderbilt expert

Jan. 9, 2003—Matthew Hale, arrested and charged yesterday in Chicago with soliciting the murder of federal judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow, is a dangerous man leading a radical, well-established group, according to Carol M. Swain, professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University.

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Frist will make major role change as Senate leader, says Vanderbilt expert

Dec. 20, 2002—Tennessee would gain significant legislative clout should Sen. Bill Frist become the next majority leader, the powerful post would require a major role change for the heart surgeon.

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Candidate for Congress from Alabama to discuss Democratic Party in the South

Oct. 11, 2002— Artur Davis, a Birmingham attorney who ousted a veteran congressman in a race that received national attention because of its connection to Middle Eastern politics, will speak at 4:10 p.m. Oct. 16 at Vanderbilt University on “Reviving the Democratic Party in the South: A Progressive Strategy.” Davis’ talk, which is free and open to the public, will be in Wilson Hall, Room 126. A reception will follow.

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