In a lecture entitled "America's Fight Against Terrorism: Challenges and Change," Berger will discuss international security issues, the country's renewed efforts to end terrorism worldwide and other issues of American foreign policy.
The speech is part of a renewed international focus for academics at the University.
Carolina alumnus Alston Gardner announced Monday that he has donated $10 million to the Carolina First fund-raising campaign to expand international educational opportunities for students. This donation allowed the University to invite Berger to speak.
Raymond Farrow, director of Development of International Studies, said Berger's speech will address several aspects of national security and foreign policy. "(These topics) are his true areas of expertise," Farrow said.
Berger is expected to discuss the history of U.S. conflicts with the al-Qaida terrorist organization and Osama bin Laden.
Berger is the first speaker in a new annual series funded by the recent grant and run through the University Center for International Studies.
The lecture was organized before the Sept. 11 attacks, and Farrow said the University was lucky to have Berger speak after the events.
Farrow also said the lecture series is part of a growing effort to internationalize UNC's campus. "We hope this will just be the beginning," he said.
Berger has considerable experience in foreign policy. In addition to serving as national security advisor during the second Clinton administration, he also served as deputy national security adviser during Clinton's first term and as Clinton's foreign policy advisor during the 1992 presidential campaign.
Berger currently works with at Stonebridge International, an international strategy firm based in Washington, D.C.
He has also worked as a foreign policy adviser for former Sen. Harold Hughes, D-Iowa, and former Rep. Joseph Resnick, D-N.Y.
Berger received a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University in 1967 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1971.
Three other international figures will also be on campus this week.
Anthony Harrington, former U.S. ambassador to Brazil under the Clinton administration, will introduce Berger at the lecture today.
Harrington, a UNC alumnus, works with Berger at Stonebridge International.
Chan Heng Chee, Singapore's ambassador to the United States, will be visiting campus today and Friday.
In an Oct. 23 press release, Chancellor James Moeser encouraged the University community to attend the event.
"I strongly encourage students, faculty, staff and the general public to make this event," Moeser said. "It is a rare chance to learn directly from a key figure in our nation's security and foreign policy arenas."
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