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Foreign relations experts to discuss security challenges in Asia, Feb. 18

Challenges in Asia: Views From Washington" will be the focus of a discussion by two Woodrow Wilson School alumni at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in 16 Robertson Hall. Robert Orr, M.P.A. '91, vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations and director of the council's program in Washington, D.C., and Takehiro Funakoshi, M.P.A. '92, first secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., will speak.

Orr previously served on the National Security Council's Deputies Committee while he was deputy to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke. He also was director in the Office of Global and Multilateral Affairs of the National Security Council in the White House, where he was responsible for peacekeeping, humanitarian emergencies and multilateral negotiations.

Funakoshi has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan since 1988. In his present role, he is in charge of managing the Japan-U.S. security alliance, including Japan's participation in the war on terrorism. He directs issues related to the U.S. military presence in Japan and analyzes U.S. security policy.

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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