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Somalia subject of David M. Kennedy Center lecture Oct. 4

Robert G. Patman, professor of international relations at the University of Otago in New Zealand, will be speaking Monday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at Brigham Young University.

Patman will lecture about “Strategic Shortfall: The Somalia Syndrome and the March to 9/11,” a presentation hosted by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.

He has authored or edited seven scholarly books, written numerous book chapters, contributed regularly to academic journals and appeared often in the media in New Zealand and elsewhere as a commentator on international issues. He appears regularly on TVNZ Breakfast News, National Radio and Newstalk ZB radio. Before entering academia, he sold property for a large British company.

After receiving an undergraduate degree in politics and international relations from the University of Lancaster, Patman earned a master’s degree from the University of Warwick and a doctorate in Russian foreign policy, which involved learning the Russian language at the University of Southampton. His particular area of interest is Russian policy in the Horn of Africa, which includes Ethiopia and Somalia.

The lecture will be archived at  For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 or For more information about Robert G. Patman, visit

Writer: Philip Volmar


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