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Continuing Coverage Of War On Terrorism

October 8, 2001-- Politics and economics of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China

JOHN ECHEVERRI-GENT  is  an authority on South Asia, in particular the foreign and domestic policies of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India in relationship to each other and to China, Russia and the United States.  Office Phone: (434) 924-3968; Home Phone: (434) 977-9984; Email:

Islam and Islamic extremists

ABDULAZIZ SACHEDINA is a professor of religious studies and an expert on Shiite Islam, Islamic extremists, the concept of Holy War, and Middle Eastern politics. His books include a study of Islamic messianism and what constitutes a just ruler  in Shiite Islam. He also has written about the political role played by Islam in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon. He is a past director of the Muhammadi Islamic Center in Toronto. Office Phone: (434) 924-6725; Home Phone: (434) 295-7655; Email:

Islam and women

FARZANEH MILANI [print media only] is an expert on women and Islam. Her books include  Veils and Words: The Emerging Voices of Iranian Women Writers  and she contributed the chapter,  "Woman's Body as Sign and Symbol: Veiling and Footbinding," to Iran Nameh. She is a past president of the Association of Middle Eastern Women's Studies in America. She teaches Persian and women s studies. Office Phone:  (434) 924-6858; Email: fmm2z@virginia

International Law, Refugees and Human Rights

DAVID MARTIN  is an expert on international law, especially human rights, refugees, asylum and U.S. immigration. He has studied Western Europe's response to rising numbers of asylum seekers and from 1995-98 served as general counsel of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Office Phone: (434) 924-3144; Home Phone: (434) 977-4353; Email:

International Law and the United Nations, National Security Law, Human Rights

JOHN NORTON MOORE is an expert in international law, especially national security law, law of the sea and human rights. He is  director of the U.Va. School of Law Center for National Security Law. During the Gulf War, he was principal legal adviser to the Ambassador of Kuwait to the United States and to the Kuwait delegation to the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Boundary Demarcation Commission. He is former chair of the U.S. Institute of Peace and has been a  frequent witness before congressional committees on maritime policy, legal aspects of foreign policy, national security, war and treaty powers, democracy and human rights. Office Phone: (434) 924-7441; Home Phone: (434) 977-2749; Email:

United States' Foreign Policy and the Middle East

AMBASSADOR W. NATHANIEL HOWELL is an authority on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Director of the Institute for Global Policy Research at the University of Virginia, he was a career diplomat who specialized in the Middle East. He served as ambassador of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait from 1987-91 while it was under siege during the buildup to the Persian Gulf War. Home Phone: (434) 974-9315

RUHI K. RAMAZANI, professor emeritus of government and foreign affairs. Ramazani is a renowned expert on Middle East politics. His many books include "Beyond the Arab-Israeli Settlement: New Directions for U.S. Policy in the Middle East" and "Future Security in the Persian Gulf: America's Role." He has been a consultant to the White House, the Department of State, the United Nations Secretariat, the Rockefeller Foundation and others. Home Phone: (434)295-6788

U.S. Foreign Policy in Islamic Nations

AMBASSADOR DAVID D. NEWSOM, retired professor of government and foreign affairs, is an expert on U.S. foreign policy in the Third World. He served as U.S. ambassador to Libya, Indonesia, and Philippines. Author of "Diplomacy and the American Democracy  and "The Public Dimension of Foreign Policy.  Home Phone: (434) 295-7569

New U.S. Defense Technologies

HAYDN WADLY, associate dean for research at the University of Virginia s School of Engineering and Applied Science, works with the U.S. Department of Defense on new defensive technologies. Office Phone: (434) 924-0816; Email:

U.S. National Security

LAWRENCE E. ADAMS is research director of the Critical Incident Analysis Group, which is a consortium composed of scholars, law enforcement  officials  and professionals who seek to analyze, anticipate, prevent, and  mitigate critical incidents. The Critical Incident Analysis Group's Web site address is: Of special note is a recent CIAG

publication titled Threats to Symbols of American Democracy,  which is available online. Adams has studied the interaction of religion and politics and can speak about political responses to the crisis and rebuilding efforts. Office Phone: (434) 243-3501; Home Phone: (434) 973-1728; Email:

U.S. Government and the Presidency

SIDNEY M. MILKIS, professor of government and foreign affairs and senior scholar with the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. His specialty is the American presidency, political parties and American political history. He can discuss the importance of the president during a national crisis. Office Phone: (434)924-6052; Home Phone: (434)984-5685; Email:

Cultural Symbols

ROY WAGNER is a professor of anthropology who studies imagery, representation and symbolism, in particular, the difference between the objectivity of the event or encounter and the way it is later represented in thought, reflection, and writing, which turns the real event into a separate "experience" of the event . His books include Symbols That Stand for Themselves  and The Invention of Culture.  Office Phone: (434) 924-6827; Home Phone: (434) 971- 1512; Email:


CHARLES T. MATHEWES is a professor of religious studies who teaches ethics and theology, including a course called "Evil and Modernity." He thinks about evil in everyday life. His book, "Evil and the Augustinian Tradition," published by Cambridge University Press, came out in September. Office Phone: (434) 924-6708; Home Phone: (434) 245-0379; Email:

Psychology: Helping Children Cope  in the Schools

PETER SHERAS, professor of education, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in adolescent relationships, family relationships and stress. Office Phone (434) 924-0795; Home Phone:: (434) 973-3536; Email:


DEWEY CORNELL, professor  of  education, is the author of "Designing Safer Schools for Virginia: A Guide to Keeping Students Safe From Violence" which describes several programs, including bullying-reducing programs, that promote school safety. Offers counseling to schools nationwide coping with emotional issues. Office Phone: (434) 924-0793; Home Phone: (434) 973-3943; Email:

Mental Health Issues

For helpful information on mental health issues, terrorism and violence please see the University of Virginia Web site: The U.Va. Health System is a National Institute of Mental Health Outreach Partner. For interviews with health professionals please contact the Health System News Office at (434) 924-5679.

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858

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