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Symposium on "Vietnam and the Major Powers" to Be Held at Pomona College

Pomona College will host a symposium on “Vietnam and the Major Powers” on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 4:15 p.m. in room 208 of the Smith Campus Center (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

The program will focus on Vietnam’s contemporary relations with the major powers in Asia and the United States. The speakers include David Arase and David Elliott, of Pomona College; Arthur Rosenbaum of Claremont McKenna College; and Quang Minh Pham, a professor of International Studies at Vietnam National University-Hanoi.

Arase is an expert on East Asian security relations and economic cooperation and an associate professor of politics at Pomona College. He is the author of Buying Power: The Political Economy of Japanese Foreign Aid (1995) and editor of the book Japan’s Development Assistance (2005).

Elliott is the H. Russell Professor of International Relations and a professor of politics at Pomona. A leading expert on the Vietnam War and asian security Issues, he is the author of the widely praised volume The Vietnamese War: Revolution and Social Change in the Mekong Delta.

Rosenbaum is an associate professor of East Asian history and chair of the Asian Studies Department at Claremont McKenna College, where he teaches courses on Modern Chinese History and Asia in the Modern Era.

Quang Minh Pham will serve as a presentation discussant and offer concluding remarks. Pham comes to Pomona College as part of a year-long Vietnam Exchange Program grant from the Luce Foundation/ALCS.

The symposium is sponsored by the Pomona College Asian Studies Program and is open to the public. For more information, call (909) 621-8933.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.