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CONTACT: Catherine Stearns
USIA International Visitors Examine Future of NATO
The program this week in Washington, D.C. has included meetings with representatives of Congress, the Departments of State and Defense, the National Security Council, academic institutions, public interest groups, and the media. The visitors will divide into sub-groups to travel respectively to Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago (April 25-27) for exposure to perspectives from the private sector. Following their visits in these cities, the sub-groups will reconvene (April 28-29) in New York before concluding their program in Norfolk, Va. (April 30). Topics throughout the program will include the restructuring of NATO, the diversity of U.S. foreign policy perspectives, arms control and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, NATO's relationship with Russia including Russian and Eastern European concerns regarding NATO expansion, U.S. cutbacks in defense production , and other security issues.
The Atlanta program (April 25-27), coordinated by the Georgia Council for International Visitors (404/240-0042), will include discussions at the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The visitors will attend a luncheon, sponsored by the Atlanta Council on International Relations, where group members will share their views on major international security threats, especially those where NATO may play a role. In addition, they will meet with representatives of Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems in Marietta, Ga., and Atlanta journalists.
The Boston program (April 25-27) is coordinated by World Boston (617/ 542-8995), which will host a reception for the group where a panel of three visitors will share their perspectives on the future of the Alliance and international security issues. The visitors also will meet with faculty and students in the International Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian Studies as well as representatives of Textron Systems and the Mitre Corporation for defense industry perspectives. They will be briefed at the Institute for Defense and Disarmament on current regional conflicts and efforts to influence public opinion and policy. In addition, they will meet with representatives of the Boston media.
The Chicago program (April 25-27), coordinated by the International Visitors Center of Chicago (312/915-6380), will include discussions with academics from Loyola University and Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the American Political Science Association as well as journalists from the Chicago Tribune. The group will meet with representatives of Northrup Grumman to discuss defense industry issues. The Council on Foreign Relations will honor the visitors with a reception where they will exchange views with members of the community.
The New York program (April 28-29), coordinated by the USIA Reception Center (212/399-5750), will reconvene the three sub-groups and the program participants will have an opportunity to exchange information and observations about the cities they visited. They will tour the United Nations and meet with representatives of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Institute for East West Studies. Additional appointments will include Ambassador Richard Sklar, United States Mission to the United Nations, and Dr. Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
In Norfolk, Va. (April 30), the group will tour the facilities and meet with officials of the Supreme Allied Command, Atlantic (SACLANT) and the U.S. Atlantic Command (USACOM). SACLANT is at the forefront of NATO joint strategic planning and complex issues which are vital to the future of the Alliance. The visitors will conclude the program with a ship tour at the Naval Station.
[Editors and Reporters: Below is a list of participants in this USIA International Visitor program. To schedule interviews or for further information, please call Catherine Stearns at USIA, 202/401-1190, or contact the local program coordinator indicated above.]
NATO: The Future of the Alliance
List of Participants
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