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Stephen Walt Joins CNIF in Honoring Paul Findley

From: Council for the National Interest Foundation
Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 11:09 AM
Subject: Stephen Walt Joins CNIF in Honoring Paul Findley ---
Council for the National Interest Foundation (CNIF)
proudly presents its

First Annual Gala Dinner
Featuring Former Congressman and CNI Founder
Paul Findley
Congressman Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD)
Author and Professor
Stephen Walt

Thursday, October 9, 2008
Washington, DC
Reception at 7:00pm
Dinner to follow at 7:45pm
The Galleria at Lafayette Centre
1155 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(On 21st Street between M and L Streets)
A 22-year veteran of the U.S. Congress from 1961-83, Republican Paul Findley (R-IL) is most remembered for speaking out against the powerful Israel Lobby and its role in driving U.S. foreign policy. He has written many books including They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby and Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts About the U.S.-Israeli Relationship. He served in the United States Navy in the Pacific as a lieutenant from 1943 to 1946. In 1990, he founded The Council for the National Interest, a non-partisan grassroots organization that advocates a new direction for U.S. Middle East policy.
At the Council for the National Interest Foundation's First Annual Gala Dinner on October 9, Mr. Findley will speak about his memoirs, which he is currently compiling for a new book. He will discuss his personal experiences dealing with the powerful interests on both sides of the Congressional aisle that drive one-sided policy and will provide a practical solution to restoring America's reputation worldwide.
Wayne Thomas Gilchrest is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Maryland's 1st congressional district since 1991. The district includes the entire Eastern Shore and a few suburbs of Baltimore, including parts of Anne Arundel County and Harford County. After graduating high school in 1964, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. His tour of duty saw action during the invasion of the Dominican Republic, and ultimately the Vietnam War. He earned the rank of Sergeant in Vietnam where, as a platoon leader, he was wounded in the chest. Gilchrest was decorated with the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Navy Commendation Medal.
Gilchrest's voting record is considered liberal for a Republican, and he voted with Democrats more than any other Republican house member in 2007. In 2006, Gilchrest voted against the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act. In March 2007, Gilchrest was one of two Republicans to vote for a bill that required President George W. Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq by September 1, 2008. In April of 2007, Gilchrest was one of four Republicans to vote for a similar bill that required President George W. Bush to begin troop withdrawal from Iraq on October 1, 2007. This bill also provides the goal of bringing all troops home from Iraq by March of 2008.


Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was previously Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where he also served as Master of the Social Science Collegiate Division and Deputy Dean of Social Sciences. Professor Walt received his B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Origins of Alliances (Cornell, 1987), which received the 1988 Edgar S. Furniss National Security Book Award; Revolution and War (Cornell, 1996); and numerous articles on international politics and foreign policy.

Mr. Walt co-authored "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" with John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, which was one of the most controversial books in recent memory. Originally published as an article in the London Review of Books in March 2006, it provoked both howls of outrage and cheers of gratitude for challenging what had been a taboo issue in America: the impact of the Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy. Mearsheimer and Walt provocatively contend that the lobby has a far-reaching impact on America's posture throughout the Middle East-in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict-and the policies it has encouraged are in neither America's national interest nor Israel's long-term interest.
 Ticket and Sponsorship Information
Benefactor Table(s) - $5,000
One table for eight individuals in preferred location with eight tickets to the VIP Reception (We will contact you directly for your guests names)
Patron Table(s) - $3,000
One table for eight individuals, includes four tickets to the VIP Reception
Sponsor Table(s) - $1,500
One table for eight individuals, includes two tickets to the VIP Reception
Individual Ticket(s)  - $100.00 each

Please RSVP before October 7, 2008.
For more information please contact Eugene Bird at (202) 863-2951 x310.
To RSVP, please send an email to or call (202) 863-2951 x303
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