Former National Security Advisor Presents Lecture at UMaine 

In a crowded auditorium in Orono, retired US Marine General James Jones reflected on his time as the first National Security Advisor under President Obama. “The three pillars for engagement in the 21st century are in my view are security, it starts there, the second is economic governance for the rule of law,” he said.Jones delivered the Cohen Lecture.He discussed foreign policy issues, calling the death of Osama bin Laden a victory in the War on Terror.”I don’t think you can say anything but to say that’s a punctuation point and we go from there but I think in terms of war on terror, the significance of bin Laden being taken out is strategically very important,” he said.Last month, President Obama announced a nearly complete withdrawal of american military forces in Iraq by the end of the year.Jones says the nation will be left with an embassy and economic interests.”There are some signs with regard to the Prime Minister leading toward Iran that should concern but only time will tell I think. We’re on a course now that’s pretty well set.”Aside from the politics, the General had a message for students: make a difference.”The 21st century is going to call for a new “greatest generation” and members are the young people sitting here I think there’s a lot of hope and optimism, it’s not going to be easy,” he said.General Jones resigned as National Security Advisor in October of last year.The Cohen Lecture series is a function of UMaine’s William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and Commerce.It was established in 1997.