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Former U.S. Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki to Lecture at Pomona College

Former U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki will speak on “Challenges in the Effective Use of Force” at 8 p.m. on Monday, December 6, in Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center, 176 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Following the talk, Richard Halloran, former New York Times military editor, will lead a discussion on the topic.

This event is the annual R. Stanton Avery Lecture and is sponsored by the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College. For more information, call (909) 607-8065.

General Shinseki began his 38-year military career as a platoon leader in Vietnam, rose to commanding general of U.S. Army troops in Europe and spent 15 months in charge of peacekeeping in Bosnia. In 1999, he was named chief of staff, U.S. Army, a post he retired from in 2003. He is the first American of Asian ancestry to become chief of his service. A far-seeing military strategist with a deep regard for the troops he served with, General Shinseki created a new structure for an army capable of handling global emergencies.

During his tenure as Army Chief of Staff, General Shinseki clashed with Pentagon officials, specifically Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, over the size of the peacekeeping force needed in postwar Iraq. Shinseki went on record more than once calling for some 200,000 troops, a figure that Wolfowitz publicly dismissed as “wildly off the mark.” However, events have proved General Shinseki right in his assessment that more, not fewer, troops would be needed to keep order in post-war Iraq.

Established in 1979, the Pacific Basin Institute (PBI) at Pomona College, a non-profit, public foundation, is devoted to furthering and extending cross-cultural relationships among the United States, East Asian and Latin American countries in the Pacific Basin. To achieve this goal, PBI sponsors conferences, workshops, lectures, and film series; produces documentary films, provides students and professors with access to film, video and documentary material drawn from its extensive archives; and publishes a translation series to make important works written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean available in English. PBI works in close cooperation with the College’s Asian Studies Program. For more information about the Pacific Basin Institute or its events, visit our website:

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