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Challenges and Opportunities in America's Relations with East Asia

The new problems of terrorism, dangers of nuclear proliferation, sluggish economic growth in key countries, mid pan-Asian patterns of regional cooperation pose special policy challenges. The collaboration among the major powers on key issues, such as the North Korean nuclear crisis, presents an unusual diplomatic opportunity. These are among the issues that Dr. Armacost will explore.

Michael H. Armacost has been a Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow in the Asia/Pacific Research Center at Stanford University since September 2002. He previously held the position of President of The Brookings Institution from October 1995 until June 2002. During his twenty-four years in government, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and occupied senior policy responsibilities in the National Security Council and Department of Defense. From 1993-1995 he was Distinguished Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Stanford University's Asia/Pacific Research Center.

Armacost was educated at Carleton College, Friedrich Wilhelms University, and Columbia University. He has taught and lectured at Pomona College, Georgetown University, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, and International Christian University (Japan). He is the author of three books; the most recent Friends or Rivals? The Insider's Account of U.S.-Japan Relations (1996), assessed the relations between Japan and the United States in the post-Cold War era. Dr. Armacost is the recipient of the President's Distinguished Service Award, the Defense Department's Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award.

He is a board member of Carleton College, the Asia Foundation, and the American Academy of Diplomacy; a director of AFLAC, Applied Materials, and Cargill; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and the National Academy of Public Administration.

Dr. Armacost's visit is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.