The Catholic University of America

Aug. 18, 2008

CUA Experts Available to Discuss Conflict between Russia and Georgia

Experts at The Catholic University of America are available to discuss the current conflict between Russia and the Republic of Georgia. For assistance in reaching a source, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600.

  • INTERNATIONAL LAW AND INTELLIGENCE - Antonio F. Perez, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a professor at CUA's Columbus School of Law, can discuss a broad range of international legal issues. They include extradition; use of force; use of covert (CIA and military) authority; domestic, constitutional and foreign relations issues; and sanctions (economic and otherwise). He worked on law enforcement and intelligence issues, including counter-terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser. He is also a member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States.

    Perez can be reached at 202-319-5820 (office) or 703-850-5764 (mobile) or by e-mail:

  • U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY - Wallace Thies, professor of politics, specializes in U.S. national security policy, with an interest in terrorism. He is the author of Friendly Rivals: Bargaining and Burden-Shifting in NATO, and When Governments Collide: Coercion and Diplomacy in the Vietnam Conflict. He has previously worked in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in the U. S. Department of State as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 1989 he was a NATO research fellow. Thies is especially interested in Russia's attempts to remake itself as a great military power, not yet a rival of the United States but moving in that direction

    Thies can be reached at 301-774-1264 (home) or 202-319-6230 (office) or by e-mail:

  • INTERNATIONAL LAW - Geoffrey Watson, professor of law, is the author of numerous articles on public international law. In addition, he has published a book on the Oslo Accords and co-wrote a book on American contract law. From 1987 to 1991, Watson served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. While at the State Department, he specialized in international criminal law and in legal aspects of U.S. policy in the Middle East.

    Watson can be reached at

To search for other CUA faculty who serve as experts for the media, visit the online Faculty Experts Guide at: or contact the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600.