General Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.) will speak on "The Middle East: Many Problems, Few Solutions" as the Center for International Education presents the 2007 Derek W.F. Coward Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Hoar, who was commander in chief of the United States Central Command (Centcom) from 1991-1994, has appeared several times before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the war in Iraq.

In January 2007 he told the committee that the "administration’s handling of the war has been characterized by ... a shocking failure to understand the social and political forces that influence events in the Middle East."

He has spoken out against White House policies on torture and on Iraqi refugees on the oped pages of the nation's leading newspapers.

Hoar, a Boston native, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1957 after graduating from Tufts University. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1994.

Hoar's personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" and gold star, and the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1993.

He is a member of the Suffolk University Board of Trustees and chairperson of the University's International Board of Advisers.

The Derek. W.F. Coward Lecture Series was established in 1997 through the generosity of Derek W.F. Coward, a former vice president of marketing for Gillette's safety razor division and executive-in-residence and associate professor of marketing for the Sawyer Business School. Coward now serves on the University's International Board of Advisers.

The Coward Lecture will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the McLaughlin Moot Courtroom on the fourth floor of Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont St., Boston. A reception will follow in the DerMarderosian Meeting Room within the Law Deans' Suite.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact R. Scott Reedy at 617-994-4221.