PULLMAN, Wash. — As television stations continue their “in depth” coverage of the Iraqi crisis with special full screen graphics replete with sound effects, newspaper headlines read, “War Is Near,” and the United Nations is waiting to see if Saddam Hussein will allow weapons inspections, many Americans are wondering what truly lies ahead in America’s relationship with Iraq.

Is a U.S. invasion of Iraq inevitable? Would an invasion achieve our goals? Why has the Bush administration put Saddam Hussein at the center of the war on terrorism? Questions such as these will be addressed by faculty of the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University in a special event Dec. 5.

“The College of Liberal Arts is responding to requests from students who seem to want concrete answers about what might happen and why,” says John Kicza, associate dean of the college. “Both the Provost’s office and Student Affairs Office requested we create this chance for students and local citizens to hear the presentations and ask questions.”

The Iraqi Crisis presentation is open to the public and will be held Thursday, December 5, 3-5 p.m. in Todd Hall, Room 276, on the WSU campus.

Thomas Preston, professor of political science and an expert on American Strategic Policy, will speak along with Marina Tolmacheva, professor of history and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Tolmacheva is an expert on the modern Middle East and Islam and recently appeared as an expert for a Seattle forum on a similar topic.