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The U.S. and Southeast Asia: The Challenging Times Continue   

By Ambassador Will Itoh

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

St. John’s College, Junior Commons Room  

Just in the past year, the political and economic atmosphere in mainland Southeast Asia – from Myanmar to Vietnam – has dramatically shifted.  Myanmar’s “Arab spring” has faded, economically prosperous Thailand has succumbed to political control by a military junta, and still Communist Vietnam is locked in a fierce contest with China over disputed islands in the South China Sea.  In April 2012, the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum devoted its two day symposium to an exploration of US-Asian relations.  This month’s session by Asian specialist Ambassador Will Itoh explores the changes that have subsequently taken place in Asia’s dynamic Southeast corner and their implications for the US.

As a quick refresher, please revisit, or visit, the Forum’s highlights video “Living in Challenging Times:  the United States and East Asia.”  Here is the YouTube link from our website.

Ambassador Will Itoh is Director, Washington International Programs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates.  He was US Ambassador to Thailand (1995-99), Executive Secretary of the National Security Council at the White House from 1993-5 and a career Foreign Service Officer.

Lunch is from 12:00 noon to 2 pm at St. John’s College’s Junior Commons Room, 2nd floor, Peterson Student Center.  Cost for the lunch session is $22 per member or $27 per non-member.  Please RSVP by Thursday, September 25.

To reserve a place please e-mail  Symposium fees may be paid with your credit card using our Paypal account. You may access Paypal directly by clicking on this link or you may send your check to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, PO Box 31965, Santa Fe. NM, 87594, with your name and contact information, if you are not a member.  Checks should be made out to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum.  Please note on your check, or if paying by Paypal please send us an e-mail, to indicate that your payment is for the September 30 program.  Your payment guarantees you a place, but it is non-refundable after September 25 if you are unable to attend. We strongly prefer that payment be made either via Paypal or mailed check postmarked by Thursday, September 25  to avoid having to handle money at the program.

If you have yet to pay your $50 annual dues for 2014-15 you may include the amount in your reimbursement for this program.  Because we are a 501(c)(3) organization dues are tax deductible.

Directions and Parking:

Directions to St. John’s College (from Old Pecos Trail)
Turn right at Armenta (at stoplight).
Turn left at Camino Corrales.
Turn right at Old Santa Fe Trail.
After approximately a mile, turn left at Camino del Monte Sol.
Turn right on Camino Cruz Blanca.
St. John’s College is on the right after the tennis courts.
Please park in the visitor parking lot:  It’s on your left as you enter the campus (A on the St. John’s College map). There will be signs to help direct you to the correct location.   A few handicapped parking spaces are located at the Visitor’s Circle right in front of the fishpond area and below the Peterson Student Center. A few more are located behind the Peterson Center as follows.  Just before the Visitor’s Circle, look for the fork in the road where you would normally drive to the left to get to the Visitors’ Parking Circle just below the Peterson Center.  Instead, turn right and follow the drive up to the other parking area.  There are two or three handicapped parking spaces on the left.  Please note that this parking lot is not open to the public, but handicapped folks are allowed to park in the designated spaces. The Peterson Student Center is #1 on the campus map.