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December 4, 2002

Media Contacts: Paula Cichocka, (858) 534-1465

IR/PS PRESENTS THE DEAN'S ROUNDTABLE (DRT) AND SENIOR ASIAN EXECUTIVE BUSINESS STRATEGY SERIES TO THE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY

The Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) serves the worldwide community through two high profile speaker series, The Dean's Roundtable (DRT) and the Senior Asian Executive Business Strategy Series.

The DRT is one of the liveliest forums in Southern California for the discussion of international relations focused on the Pacific Rim. The speakers present informative lectures on global economy, provide up-to-the minute political insights and forecast future international scenarios. In recent years, IR/PS has hosted many distinguished speakers including Tom Friedman from The New York Times, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, former Secretary of State William Perry and numerous visiting ambassadors and dignitaries from around the world.

Confirmed speakers are: the Honorable Andres Bianchi, Chilean Ambassador to the United States, accomplished economist and former senior executive with Chilean Central Bank, "The Economic Future of Chile"; the Honorable Walter Slocombe, Under Secretary for Defense for Policy during the Clinton Administration, "The [George W. Bush] Administration National Security Strategy in Theory and Practice"; Orlando B. Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato at Cotabata City, Philippines, and President of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, "The Church and Democracy, the Philippine Experience"; California Congressman Howard Berman, "Iraq and North Korea: Congressional Perspectives"; and Admiral Thomas Fargo of the U.S. Pacific Command, "United States Security Policies in the Asia Pacific."

At the Senior Asian Executive Business Series, senior executives of key Asian companies discuss the outlook for their companies and their business strategies with a select group of San Diego business and community leaders. "The Series will appeal to those who wish to invest in Asia and will also increase our understanding of the strategies and profitability of leading Asian companies," said IR/PS Dean Peter Cowhey.

The annual series has six lectures. The series is sponsored by Brandes Investment Partners and the Financial Analysts Society of San Diego. Upcoming speakers are: Sachio Semmoto, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at eAccess, which provides broadband Internet access services including voice over Internet protocol (VolP) and broadband content-distribution infrastructure; and Boonklee Plangsiri, Chairman of the Group Executive Committee at Shin Corporation PLC, the largest telecommunications company in Thailand.

The Roundtable meets monthly. The yearly membership is $1200, all of which is U.S. tax deductible. The corporate membership is $3000. The Senior Asian Executive Business Strategy Series is $40 per event. (Media is not charged for attendance) For more information about the Dean's Roundtable and/or the Senior Asian Executive Business Strategy Series, please contact Portia Bibb at (858) 534-1957

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 and the only graduate school in the United States to focus exclusively on the Pacific Rim. More information on the degree and executive training programs and faculty can be found on its web site at: http://www-irps.ucsd.edu.




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