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Diplomats in Asia: A Career Discussion

Information Session for UCLA students with Andrew Ou, foreign service officer in Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and Peter Kovach, UCLA Diplomat in Residence

Friday, February 22, 2008
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
History Conference Room
6275 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Andrew Ou, Korea Desk Officer in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, was born and raised in Seoul, Korea and completed his secondary schooling in Nairobi, Kenya before moving to Washington DC to attend Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.  After he obtained his Bachelor's degree in International Politics, Andrew worked in the Japanese government and education sectors for four years and then completed a Masters degree in East Asian History at the University of Hawaii and East-West Center in Honolulu, where he wrote his thesis on Japanese cultural assimilation policies in colonial Korea.  Andrew also studied at Seoul National University and Waseda University, and speaks Korean, Japanese, and French.  He joined the State Department in September 2001, and served in Jamaica and Hong Kong before this current posting.  His next diplomatic assignment will be as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.

Peter Kovach is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and holds the rank of Minister-Counselor. He is currently  Diplomat in Residence at UCLA serving all of Southern California. He served recently as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan; Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; and Director of the State Department's three Foreign Press Centers.  He has  served overseas in Tokyo, Japan; Amman, Jordan; Rabat, Morocco; Manama, Bahrain; and Sanaa, Yemen.


Cost : Free

NickMenzies
(310) 825-0007
nmenzies@international.ucla.edu

Sponsor(s): Asia Institute

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