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American Politics Today: The Presidency and the War

The 2008 elections, the first without an incumbent President since 9/11, will be a watershed event in American politics. The public will have to evaluate the direction of American foreign policy since 9/11 and consider seriously the implications of giving up on the war in Iraq instead of supporting the continued prosecution of a war we might well win. The Henry Salvatori Center and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to present William Kristol, who will analyze the 2008 elections, the war in Iraq, and where we stand as a nation six years after 9/11.

William Kristol is the founder and editor of the influential Washington-based political magazine, The Weekly Standard. Widely recognized as one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators, he is a regular guest on television's top news programs. Mr. Kristol recently coauthored The New York Times bestseller The War Over Iraq: Saddam's Tyranny and America's Mission (2003).

Before starting The Weekly Standard in 1995, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Reagan. Kristol earned his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Before coming to Washington in 1985, he taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

During his years in government and journalism, William Kristol has acquired a reputation as one of the shrewdest and most insightful observers of American politics. Whether perceiving the first President Bush's political weakness while serving in the White House in 1991, warning Newt Gingrich against overreaching in 1995, or calling attention to the McCain phenomenon ahead of almost everyone else in 1999, Kristol has been ahead of the electoral curve. What does he see for the key 2008 elections, and beyond? Don't miss this important discussion.