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World Affairs Council - WNC

2 Apr 2013

The Freedom of Information Act & US Foreign Policy:
FOIA in a Digital and Wikileaks Era

Matthew Zommer has recently declassified over 700 pages of documents pertaining to the 1977 Additional Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Convention -- the first time these documents, archived at the Ronald Regan Presidential Library, have been made publicly available. He seeks to put into perspective and explore the consequences FOIA, when combined with new digital technologies, has for foreign policy decision-making and the conduct of war.

Zommer, teaches in The Citadel’s Department of Criminal Justice. Before joining the Charleston, SC faculty he taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. His research in comparative criminal justice, international crime, and the law of armed conflict led him to this topic. Completing a book on the subject, “Between an Eye for an Eye and The Golden Rule: The United States and the Laws of War,” he examines modern laws of war (including targeted killing, the use of drone technology, cyber warfare, and the treatment of terrorist detainees) in the perspective of historical Untied States practice.

7:30 PM
Manheimer Room
Reuter Center - OLLI

Members and UNCA students admitted without charge. All others: $8.00

For further information contact George Peery: or 828-242-6380