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Lecture on October 2 focuses on human security in East Asia

September 23, 2009

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? Tsuneo Akaha, Professor of International Policy Studies and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the Monterey Institute for International Studies (MIIS), will give the second lecture for Global Vision - Global Reach: The Middlebury/Monterey Lecture Series on Friday, Oct. 2 at 12:15. The talk, titled "Human Security in East Asia: Embracing Global Norms through Regional Cooperation in Human Trafficking, Labor Migration, and HIV/AIDS," will take place in the Robert A. Jones '59 House conference room, located on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125). The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by Monday, Sept. 28. Call Rohatyn Center for International Affairs Coordinator Martha Baldwin at 802-443-5324.

Akaha will discuss the pressing human security issues in East Asia and institutionalization of regional cooperation dealing with these issues, with a particular focus on human trafficking, labor migration, and HIV/AIDS, three of the most challenging human security issues in the region.

Of particular interest is the extent to which the countries of the region have embraced the global norms regarding the rights of individuals concerned, including trafficking victims, migrant workers, and people living with HIV and AIDS patients. He will also discuss obstacles to further multilateral cooperation.

Global Vision - Global Reach: The Middlebury/Monterey Lecture Series was established for Middlebury College and its affiliate Monterey Institute of International Studies to promote shared expertise and education through the exchange of faculty speakers as the two deepen their integration. Over the coming academic year, the series will feature one more Monterey visitor at Middlebury and three Middlebury visitors at Monterey. Future speaker dates will be announced on the Middlebury and MIIS Web sites.

This talk is sponsored by the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, the Department of Political Science, the International Studies Program, and the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

For more information contact Charlotte Tate at 802-443-5795 or email

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