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Pepperdine Hosts 2012 Mock Presidential Debate
Professors Robert Kaufman and Dan Caldwell will represent the positions of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, respectively, in a mock presidential debate that will take place Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at Smothers Theatre, Malibu. This event, copresented by the Malibu Bel Air Republican Women Federated & Malibu Democratic Club, is free to the public.
Kaufman is a political scientist specializing in American foreign policy, national security, international relations, and various aspects of American politics. He has written frequently for scholarly journals and popular publications, including The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, The Washington Times, The New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Kaufman has also appeared on various media outlets including KCBS, KCAL, KNX Newsradio, KFWB Newsradio, NPR's Talk of the Nation, Time Warner's Beyond the Beltway, FOX News Channel, and C-SPAN.
He is also the author of three books. In Defense of the Bush Doctrine, published by University Press of Kentucky, was released in 2007. In 2000, his biography, Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics, received the Emil and Katherine Sick Award for "Best Book on the History of the Pacific Northwest." His first book, Arms Control During the Prenuclear Era, studied the interwar naval treaties and their linkage to the outbreak of World War II in the Pacific. Kaufman also assisted President Richard Nixon in the research and writing of Nixon's final book, Beyond Peace. He is currently in the research phase of a biography on Reagan, focusing on his presidency and his quest for it.
Caldwell, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, served for three years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. During that time, he held positions at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and the Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C.
Caldwell is the author of American-Soviet Relations, The Dynamics of Domestic Politics of Arms Control, World Politics and You (an international relations textbook); Seeking Security in an Insecure World (with Robert E. Williams); and, most recently, Vortex of Conflict: U.S. Policy Toward Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. He also has edited four other books and written a number of articles and chapters in professional journals and books.
Caldwell has appeared as an expert commentator on Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, KCAL 9, KTTV Fox 11, KNX 1070 News Radio, KFWB News 980 Radio, and KABC-AM Radio. He has been quoted as an expert in such publications as Science and the Los Angeles Times, and has written op-eds for the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, and the Christian Science Monitor.
RSVP for will call tickets can be made through Pepperdine Performing Arts Center Box Office by calling (310) 506-4522 Monday through Friday, from 12 p.m. through 5 p.m.