Ambassador John Dinger Visits UM For Public Lecture, Class Presentation


OXFORD, Miss. – Ambassador John Dinger of the U.S. State Department plans to discuss national security and terrorism issues Monday (March 8) at the University of Mississippi.

The lecture, at 7 p.m. in Farley Hall, Room 202, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UM Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, Croft Institute for International Studies, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and Department of Legal Studies.

Dinger plans to lecture on “The Foreign Policy of Countering Terrorism,” which addresses the State Department’s role in the war of terrorism, among other issues.

“The audience will get a side of countering terrorism that most don’t think about,” said Carl Jensen, CISS director and assistant professor of criminal justice. “Many don’t think about what the State Department brings to the table, but they’re crucial.”

Dinger, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research, has served as U.S. ambassador to Mongolia, director of the State Department’s Office of Press Relations and deputy coordinator for counterterrorism.

Earlier in the day, Dinger is slated to speak to Jensen’s class on Critical Issues of the 21st Century.

“The course is designed around ‘Vision 2015,’ a publication that addresses 14 emerging threats and challenges the intelligence community will likely face,” Jensen said.

Students pick one of these challenges and invite an expert guest speaker to the class. Ole Miss student Will Allen, a junior from Franklin, Ky., invited Dinger to discuss economic and financial systems.

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