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Date: October 7, 1999

"Crisis in Timor" to be Discussed at Princeton University

Princeton, NJ -- Patrick M. Cronin, director of research and studies for the United States Institute of Peace, will speak on "The Crisis in Timor: Strategic Consequences" at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Monday, October 11, at 4:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall, Bowl 1. The United States broke off military relations with Indonesia in early September in response to violence in East Timor, which was triggered by an August 30 referendum vote in favor of independence from Indonesia.

At the United States Institute of Peace, Cronin manages a series of short- and long-term projects aimed at understanding the underlying sources of international conflict, the instruments of diplomacy and negotiation, and strategies for strengthening international cooperation and peace. He was previously director of research at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies, where he also served as deputy director in charge of the Institute's Asian-Pacific research and conducted long-range strategy studies. He helped create Joint Force Quarterly, the professional military journal of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and served as the journal's first executive editor.

A recipient of the U.S. Army's Civilian Meritorious Service Award, Cronin holds a commission as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He is the co-author and editor of a forthcoming book, The U.S.- Japan Security Alliance: Past, Present and Future, to be published by the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as editor of 2015: Power and Progress and New Perspectives on U.S. Foreign and Defense Policies and co-author of Redefining the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Tokyo's National Defense Program.

Cronin has been a lecturer at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and has taught at the University of Virginia's Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs. He holds M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in international relations from the University of Oxford, England.