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Valdés to discuss the Security Council and Iraq, May 5

Valdés, Chilean ambassador to the United Nations, will present a lecture titled "Chile: The Security Council and Iraq" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, in 302 Frist Campus Center.

Valdés, who earned a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton in 1975, was appointed to his present post in May 2000 after serving as the country's minister of foreign affairs. He also was director of the international division of the Chilean Ministry of Finance and coordinator of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiating team from 1994 to 1996, working as the lead negotiator of the free trade agreement between Chile and Canada in 1996.

Valdés lived in exile during Chile's military rule in the 1970s, continuing his work toward the defense of human rights and democracy in his homeland at places such as the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He returned to Chile in the mid-1980s and conducted the communications campaign for the winning option during the decisive plebiscite in 1988 that marked the end of military rule.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Latin American Studies .

Contact:Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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