In This Section

CCU's 'Tea and Ethics' deals with the ethics of war

August 31, 2007

Coastal Carolina University professor Richard Collin will give a talk titled, "Am I To Blame? The Ethics of War in the Middle East" on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wall Auditorium. The "Tea and Ethics" event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values, the presentation will be repeated Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Waccamaw Higher Education Center in Litchfield.

The discussion will revolve around issues such as whether the United States‚ initial attack on Iraq was justified and whether citizens and taxpayers share on-going responsibility for the consequences of the war, even if they opposed it. Other ethical topics surrounding the war and its effects on the American and Iraqi societies will be covered as well.

Collin is a political science professor and Palmetto Professor of Politics at Coastal. He began his graduate studies at Harvard and earned a doctorate at Oxford University's Oriel College. He served in the U.S. Army, training in intelligence and reconnaissance work. He spent two years in the Pentagon on the staff of the assistant chief of staff for intelligence, where he served as an analyst and briefing officer for Middle Eastern and North African affairs. He then worked in Italy as a civilian official for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

In the 1970s, Collin's work took him to Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, where he witnessed the beginning of the civil war in Lebanon, the start of the famine in sub-Saharan Africa, the last years of a brutal insurgency in Oman, and the events leading to the fall of the Shah and the capture of the American hostages in Iran. He continues to travel widely, and has returned several times to the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.

He is the author of three political novels as well as many other books and articles on international affairs.

The purpose of the Jackson Center is to cultivate and promote awareness in the community of the importance of personal and professional integrity. For more information, contact the director of the center, Claudia McCollough, at 349-2440.