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Alumnus speakers brings perspective to world events

February 24, 2011

U.S. Army Capt. Michael Kelly McCoy '03 speaks to Chapman students.

As unrest and protest movements unfold across the Middle East, the political science, peace studies and global studies programs at Chapman University continue to host a variety of guest speakers bringing unique perspectives to the timely events.

Today U.S. Army Capt. Michael Kelly McCoy ’03, Peace Studies, was on campus for a visit and meeting with students in Professor Angeliki Kanavou’s Introduction to Peace Studies class. And at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in Sandhu Conference Center, the Center for Global Education will host Michael Scheuer. See related post

In his talk today, Capt. McCoy said the democratic stirrings in the Middle East are hopeful signs of change, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Tiananmen Square protests in China and which this time around may benefit from social media.

“It’s spreading, and people are starting to get the fever. … If we can do anything to help them follow through on it, that helps them become mature democracies, which means balance of power, term limits and, most importantly, freedom of press. If we can do all that with the advantage of the information age, we have the opportunity to be an ally.”

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