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Michael Armacost to Lecture on U.S. Policy in North East Asia at Pomona College

Michael Armacost, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan and to the Republic of the Philippines, will deliver the Pomona College R. Stanton Avery lecture, “North East Asia: Where Does the U.S. Stand? Where Are We Going?” on Tuesday, November 7 at 8 p.m. at the Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. 6th St., Claremont). For further information, contact the Pacific Basin Institute: (909) 607-8065.

North Korea presented grave challenges to her neighbors, to the U.S. and to the world community, even before the threat of nuclear capability. At the same time, the Russian Far East's vast oil and gas reserves are sparking heated controversies among multinational oil companies. Those firms also are struggling with indigenous peoples, Russian nationalism, the Russian government, and the Chinese oil seekers.

Armacost will explore these issues and offer insights and proposals based on his extensive experiences as a senior Foreign Service officer and a senior official in the Department of Defense. Armacost, now Distinguished Fellow at The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University, currently is working on a book focusing on the influence of war on U.S. foreign policy.

Armacost will discuss United States policy in North East Asia, describing it as undirected and unfocused, not to say indifferent. He will raise pertinent questions about American concerns in the region, discuss the legitimate objectives U.S. firms and the U.S. Government have in the region, and address which countries and regions present us with the major challenges— aside from North Korea— and with whom we have dialogue and shares our objectives.

The Pacific Basin Institute is dedicated to expanding and enhancing comity and shared knowledge among the nations and cultures that face the Pacific. A valued study, media production and research center for the distinguished, PBI also offers books, film series and lecture programs to a general as well as academic audience. Since the turn of the past century Pomona College has been a leader in Asian Studies among American universities.