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July 23, 2001

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Peter F. Cowhey, director of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and former chief of the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has been appointed dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Cowhey will begin his appointment on July 1, 2002.

Cowhey is a leading expert in the fields of international communications and information industries. While at the FCC, from 1994-97, Cowhey made and directed policy for international telecommunications, Internet and satellite services. He was also the intellectual godfather of the landmark World Trade Organization agreement on basic telecommunications services and a key member of the U.S. negotiating team. Cowhey has been a professor at IR/PS since 1987 and had directed IGCC since 1999.

“Peter Cowhey has proven himself in many settings both here at the university and in Washington D.C.,” said UCSD Chancellor Robert C. Dynes. “His experience and talents, as well as his long affiliation with the School make him the ideal candidate to lead IR/PS into the 21st century. His appointment to this position will benefit all university constituents — not only locally, but also nationally and internationally.”

“Peter Cowhey is a talented and energetic individual,” said Marsha Chandler, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UCSD. “I anticipate that he will be a wonderfully effective leader not only for IR/PS but for the university overall.”

  While Cowhey completes his numerous academic and professional commitments, IR/PS Professor Andrew MacIntyre will serve as Interim Dean from August 1, 2001, until July 1, 2002. MacIntyre has been on the faculty of IR/PS since 1994 and is an authority on the politics of economic reform in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, and the international relations of the Pacific. He also directs IR/PS's ASEAN-Pacific Project.

After serving the past year as the School’s Interim Dean, Stephan Haggard will now return to his research and teaching activities at IR/PS, which include international relations and comparative political economy of East Asia and Latin America.

Established in 1986, UCSD’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) is the University of California’s only professional school of international affairs. The school focuses on the economic, political, and business relations of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. More information on the graduate school can be found at its web site at: http://www-irps.ucsd.edu.

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