FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 1999
Release No. 020-99

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USIA International Visitors Examine Future of NATO
and U.S. Foreign Policy Process


Washington, D.C. - A group of 38 distinguished European leaders, under the auspices of USIA's International Visitor Program and in cooperation with the National Security Council, are participating in a two-week program, "NATO: The Future of the Alliance," in conjunction with the NATO 50th anniversary Summit. They are focussing on the many issues the Allies face in preparing to restructure the NATO mission as well as the scope and complexities of the U.S. foreign policy process, the interaction of various government elements, and the role of the private sector. The program, arranged by Meridian International Center, is designed to broaden mutual understanding among U.S. and European security experts and policy makers.

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
A USIA Regional Project for Europe


List of Participants

Albania
Mr. Xhafer IBRO
Chief of NATO Sector, Ministry of Defense

Armenia
Ms. Karine AFRIKIAN
Deputy Director, Americas Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Austria
Dr. Heintz GAERTNER
Researcher, Austrian Institute for International Affairs

Belarus
Dr. Andrei FEDOROV
Expert, International Institute for Policy Studies

Belgium
Mr. Pieter DE CREM
Member of Parliament, Flemish Christian Democratic Party

Bulgaria
Colonel Ivan SOTIROV
Director, NATO Information Center, Atlantic Club of Bulgaria

Canada
Dr. Dean OLIVER
Senior Historian, Canadian War Museum

Czech Republic
Mr. Petr NECAS
Chairman, Defense and Security Committee, House of Representatives, Parliament

Denmark
Mr. Morten Helveg PETERSEN
Member of Parliament, Radikale Venstre

Estonia
Mr. Einar RULL
Expert, Defense Policy Planning Bureau, Ministry of Defense

Finland
Mr. Osku PAJAMAKI
Chairman, Social Democratic Youth League

France
Dr. Camille GRAND
Lecturer, French Army Academy; Fellow, Institute for Strategic Studies of the WEU

Georgia
Mr. David DARCHIASHVILI
Director, Center for Civil - Military Relations and Security Studies,
Caucasian Institute for Peace, Democracy, and Development (CIPDD)

Germany
Mr. Christoph MOOSBAUER
Member of Parliament (Bundestag), Social Democratic Party
Hungary
Mr. Zoltan MARTINUSZ
Head, Defense Policy Department, Ministry of Defense

Iceland
Mr. Gudlaugur Thor THORDARSON
City Councilman, Reykjavik

Italy
Dr. Andrea ROMANO
Political Assistant to the Undersecretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kazakhstan
Mr. Dastan YELEUKENOV
President, Foundation for Central Asian Studies

Kyrgyzstan
Mr. Asanbek OSMONALIEV
Deputy Department Head, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Latvia
Mr. Rihards PIKS
Member of Parliament, TP Party

Lithuania
Mr. Egidijus VAREIKIS
Member of Delegation on EU Membership, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Macedonia
Mr. Igor DZUNDEV
Director, Multilateral Department of Political Relations,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Moldova
Mr. Alexei TULBURE
Member of Parliament, Movement for a Democratic and Prosperous Moldova

Netherlands
Mr. Geert WILDERS
Member of Parliament, Second Chamber, VVD Party

Norway
Ms. Ragnhild MATHISEN
Political Advisor, Labor Party Parliamentary Group

Poland
Mr. Pawel GRAS
Member of Parliament (Sejm), 100 Movement Party

Portugal
Dr. Nuno TEIXEIRA
Director, National Defense Institute

Romania
Mr. Mihai GHEORGHIU
Member of Parliament, Chamber of Deputies, National Christian-DemocraticParty

Russia
Dr. Aleksandr KAFFKA
Head, Information Section, Institute for USA & Canada Studies,
Russian Academy of Sciences

Slovakia
Mr. Rastislav KACER
Director General, International Organizations and Security Division,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Slovenia
Mr. Mirko M. CIGLER
State Undersecretary for NATO Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Spain
Mr. Gonzalo CEBALLOS
Second Secretary General, Spanish Atlantic Association

Sweden
Ms. Ann LINDE
Political Adviser, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Defense

Switzerland
Mr. Andreas GROSS
Member of Parliament, Swiss House of Representatives, Socialist Party

Tajikistan
Mr. Erkin KASIMOV
Chief, Department on International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Turkey
Dr. Nursin GUNEY
Assistant Professor of International Relations, Marmara University

Ukraine
Mr. Oleh KOKOSHYNSKY
Vice President, Atlantic Council of Ukraine

United Kingdom
Mr. Christopher LANGDON
Associate Director, Wilton Park Conferences

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