From acts of sportsmanship on the men’s basketball court to the role of interrogation in the war on terror, Mitchell Reiss has a lot to say on a variety of topics of interest to the Washington College community and beyond. Now, in addition to his public speaking engagements, television appearances and op-ed pieces, the College president is blogging.
Launched in mid-January, the President’s Blog currently features commentary on matters of higher education, gun safety and national security, as well as the remarks he delivered at Kent County’s Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast in January.
“This is just one more way to continue the dialogue about issues that affect all of us—as a community, a college and a nation,” notes Reiss.
In recent months, President Reiss has shared his international-security expertise with a variety of audiences, from Korean news agencies to high school Model UN delegates.
In January, he talked to Fox Business cable news host Lou Dobbs about the Obama Administration’s response to the attack on the consulate of Benghazi and the future of U.S. foreign policy in the Arab world. When North Korea rattled cages with belligerent statements and then with a strong nuclear test, he was quoted in articles by McClatchy Newspapers, Voice of America and South Korean journalists about how the United States and other world powers should respond.
In early February, he published an opinion piece in Politico reflecting on thorny legal issues raised by the movie Zero Dark Thirty and U.S. use of drones. He also sent a videotaped message to a high school Model UN session in the Chicago area, encouraging students to continue to pursue their interest and passion in international policy and outlining some of the major conflicts and issues that face world leaders and diplomats today. Two weeks later, he delivered a TEDx talk at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, summarizing his experiences as a negotiator and addressing the question at the heart of his most recent book: When should you talk to terrorists?
Readers are invited to visit http://www.washcoll.edu/offices/president/blog/ and leave comments.