James Baker to Lecture at Zayed Center

Published October 22nd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Former US secretary of state James Baker is expected to arrive in the UAE soon in response to an invitation from the Zayed Center for Coordination. 

Baker, the UN Special Envoy to the Western Sahara conflict, will give a lecture at center addressing the current developments in the international arena. 

According to the Gulf News, Baker's lecture is part of cooperation between the Zayed Center and the James Baker III Institute at Rice University in Boston. 

The lecture is also part of the Zayed Center’s political activities and a follow-up to the global role of US policy, the Dubai-based paper said. 

This program is aimed at familiarizing Arab politicians and researchers with the dimensions and implications of the global role of the US. The date of the lecture will be set in due course. 

As part of the cooperation between the Baker Institute and the Zayed Center, the former US assistant secretary of state for the Near East, Edward Djerjien, has chronicled and contributed a report entitled The Dynamic Regional Forces in the Middle East, in which he assesses the current regional situation. 

Djerjien sees the Middle East and Arab North African regions as standing at a historical crossroads. 

The Texas-based Baker Institute bills itself as strictly non-partisan and dedicated to the highest standards of intellectual excellence and integrity with the goal of helping bridge the gap between the theory and practice of public policy by drawing together experts from academia, government, the media, business, and non-governmental organizations.  

By so doing, the institute aims to broaden the professional perspective and personal understanding of all those involved in the study, formulation, execution, and criticism of public policy – Albawaba.com

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