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Distinguished Leaders Series

  • Date: 10/15/2009
  • Time: Reception (by invitation only) - 5-6 p.m.; Event – 6-7 p.m.
  • Location: Location:Melcher Hall, Room 160
  • Fee: NONE
  • Contact: Kamika Hind
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Distinguished Leaders Series Event Details: The C. T. Bauer College of Business is honored to present Dr. Gal Luft, executive director for the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. Luft is executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), a Washington-based think tank focused on energy security, and co-founder of the Set America Free Coalition, an alliance of national security, environmental, labor and religious groups promoting ways to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. He specializes in strategy, geopolitics, energy security, energy technologies and natural resources. Newsweek magazine called him a “tireless and independent advocate of energy security.” The business magazine Poder called him “one of the most recognizable figures in modern energy and security issues,” and Esquire magazine included him in its 2007 list of America’s Best and Brightest. Luft has published numerous studies and articles on security and energy issues in various newspapers and publications, such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, Commentary Magazine, Middle East Quarterly, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-author of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century (2009) and Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence Through Fuel Choice (2009). He appears frequently in the media and has consulted with various think tanks and news organizations worldwide. Luft has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including Senate Foreign Relations, House International Relations, House Science and the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is a founding member of the Institute for Renewable Energy Policy, The International Lithium Alliance, and Citizens for Energy Freedom. He holds degrees in international relations, international economics, Middle East studies and strategic studies and a doctorate in strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Johns Hopkins University.

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