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Nov. 12, 2009 Volume 31, No. 12

Sen. Bond will sign his new book

Christopher “Kit” Bond, U.S. senator, will be signing copies of his new book, The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at the MU Bookstore.

Co-written with Lewis Simons, Bond discusses Southeast Asia and the opportunity the United States has to create a peace with the Muslim world by changing the approach to this region. The authors also discuss the situation in the Middle East and what lessons could be taken to improve relations with Southeast Asia.

With fundamentalist Islam starting to make gains in Southeast Asia, the authors of the book note an opportunity for the United States and outline a plan to establish credibility and, potentially, stop global terrorism. The book represents a new theory in fighting global terrorism and makes suggestions such as replacing forces in combat boots with “smart power” individuals in civilian clothes.