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Alworth Institute Memorial Lecture

Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture, named in honor of the late Royal D. Alworth, Jr.'s life and interests and normally delivered during the second semester, is designed to raise public understanding of a significant international topic.

Walter Mondale2008 Alworth Memorial Lecture

“Foreign Policy Development and Presidential Candidates”

Dr. William Henderson, Director of the Alworth Institute, writes on the Royal D. Alworth Jr., Memorial Lecture given by former Vice President Walter F. Mondale.

Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale spoke on the policy problems facing the next President of the United States at the 2008 Royal D. Alworth Memorial Lecture on Thursday January 31, 2008 .  His talk was delivered to a capacity audience; 570 patrons filled the Weber Music Hall, the upper and lower Weber lobies, and the Singer Room. Mr. Mondale decided to cut his speech in order to give students a chance to raise significant questions on International Issues. 

In his speech, Mondale stressed that there was a range of compelling challenges in a changing world, while doubts about American leadership are being experienced world-wide.  The next U.S. President will have less influence than any of the recent predecessors.  Mondale built the challenges around President Bush’s recent address.  He looked at the problem of Iraq and its Defense Minister’s statement that it will take many years before Iraq can be responsible for its own defense. Mr. Mondale outlined the key problem areas as he saw them: the shift in United States power as a result of being a debtor nation; the need to bring excessive military expenditure under greater control and public scrutiny; the need for new thinking on Iraq and the Middle-East and to base the policy on political reconciliation; the need to further the self-reliance of the Iraq government; the need to pay attention to other areas of international concern.  He mentioned the need to pursue on a bi-partisan basis, peace between Israel and Palestine.  He mentioned Bush’s proposals for intelligence gathering. Mondale argued that we also need to protect the constitutional rights of the American people through the maintenance of the significant principle of checks and balances.  This balance between security and liberty is central to the notion of democracy in the United States.  He saw accountability as key.  America’s obedience to the law is essential to the country’s stature internationally.  Other challenges include energy and global warming where a new commitment in the United States is required; the risk of nuclear proliferation— he stressed the need to get tough on this; new initiatives to in the context of the threat of recession, stimulate free trade through further trade agreements; deal with the question of sovereign wealth funds. Mondale, recalling the achievements of former President Carter's administration, stated his pride in telling the truth and obeying the law.  He set this challenge to any new administration.

Listen or watch Walter F. Mondale by clicking on the links below.  Click and listen to the questions raised largely by UMD students.

Walter Mondale - Memorial Lecture

Feburary 4, 2008

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