Febnruary 8th -- DC area -- 20 years of US-Mongol Relations speaker event
- Hey all,
For those in DC, Friends of Mongolia has organized an event at George
Washington University, in cooperation with the school's Asian Studies
Center and the Chinggis Khan Foundation.
I thought I'd post the flier here, and if you're in the area, or know
anyone interested, please let me know -- or just stop by if you're
Twenty Years Under Blue
A Milestone in Mongolian-American
Thursday, February 8, 2007 from 6:30-8:30 p.m, The George Washington
Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC â" Lindner Commons, 6th Floor
Friends of Mongolia in cooperation with the Chinggis Khan Foundation
and the George Washington Universityâs Sigur Center for Asian Studies,
is proud to commemorate the 20th anniversary of official US-Mongolian
diplomatic relations with a panel discussion on the changing dynamics
of this bilateral relationship. The panelists are:
Dr. Alicia Campi
Chinggis Khan Foundation
Dr. Alicia Campi has an M.A. from Harvard University and Ph.D. in
Mongolian Studies from Indiana University. As a diplomat for the
State Dept, she worked on preliminary negotiations to establish
diplomatic relations with Mongolia in the 1980s. She is President of
a Mongolian consultancy company, US-Mongolia Advisory Group; President
of a non-profit charity, the Chinggis Khan Foundation; Executive
Director of North East-Inner Asia; and on the Board of Directors of
The Mongolia Society. She also is the Asian specialist for the
Immigration Policy Center in Washington, DC. She has served in
several Asian posts as well as in Mongolia, and writes and speaks
extensively on Mongolian and Chinese issues.
Dave Citron, Foreign Service Officer
U.S. Department of State
Mr. Citron has been the Mongolia desk officer at State Dept. since
August of 2006. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he served as an
officer in the Army Reserve and lived for five years in Moscow,
working for the U.S. Embassy there as well as for a British law firm.
Since joining the Foreign Service in 1999, he has served as a
Consular and Economic officer in Warsaw and London and as a Political
officer at the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo. Mr.
Citron received a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado in
Boulder, and did his graduate studies in International Affairs at the
University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is originally from
Atlanta, GA and is married to a wonderful lady from Poland.
Steve Saunders, President
North America-Mongolia Business Council
Mr. Saunders has been President of the North America-Mongolia Business
Council since 1998. He is also President of Saunders & Company, a
public policy consulting firm specializing in the Asia Pacific region,
now in its 25th year. A frequent visitor to Mongolia since 1994, he is
a Life Member of the Mongolia Society, on the Board of Directors of
the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) and the only
foreigner ever elected a member of the Mongolian Society of
Antiquarians. Previously, Mr. Saunders served as Assistant U.S. Trade
Representative (USTR) and Staff Director of the Republican Conference
of the U.S. Senate.
Odonjil Banzragch, Senior Foreign Service Officer
Mongolia Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Odonjil currently serves as the Minister Counselor and Deputy
Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Mongolia in Washington, DC. Prior
to this assignment, he was Director of the Bureau for America, Middle
East and Africa of the Ministry of Foreign affairs of Mongolia.
Earlier in his career, he was the Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director
of the Bureau for Europe, and served as Head of Inter-Parliamentary
Relations, Department of the Secretariat of the Mongolian Parliament.
Mr. Odonjil is a constitutional and international lawyer by
profession, and a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in
Ambassador Alphonse F. La Porta
Former U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia
Ambassador La Porta served in Mongolia from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to
2003, he served as Political Advisor to the U.S. Commander-in-Chief of
the Regional Headquarters Allied Forces in southern Europe. In late
2003, he retired from the U.S. Foreign Service after 38 years of
service. His previous posts included Indonesia (1967-1970 and
1978-1981), Malaysia, Turkey, and New Zealand. In April 2004, he
assumed the presidency of United States Indonesia Society (USINDO).
Ambassador La Porta was President and Vice President of the American
Foreign Service Association from 1995 to1997. He is a graduate of
National War College, Georgetown University, and New York University.