Inaugural Baker Conference Features World Dignitaries

first_imgShareCONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE: (713) 831-4794 INAUGURAL BAKER CONFERENCE FEATURES WORLD DIGNITARIES Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell will be among a group of dignitaries discussing public policy challenges facing the world at the inaugural annual conference of Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute forPublic Policy this fall. The conference is scheduled for Nov. 13 and 14 in Alice Pratt Brown Hall. Former President George Bush will deliver opening remarks, and James A. Baker, III, the 61st U.S. secretary of state,will present the conference’s keynote address. “This inaugural conference will be a special event launching the series of annual conferences of the Baker Institute where people from the world of ideas and the world of action will discuss and debate key domestic and foreign policy issues,” said Edward P. Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute. “These conferences will be an important part of the Baker Institute’s mandate to lend a meaningful voice to our nation’s dialogue on the vital issues we face in the decades ahead.” Among those joining Powell from the world of action are former Prime Minister of Japan Noboru Takeshita and former foreign ministers Hans-Dietrich Genscher from Germany, Roland Dumas from France, Alexander Bessmertnykh from Russia, Taro Nakayama fromJapan, and Uffe Ellemann-Jensen from Denmark. A number of renowned scholars, administration officials, policy makers and journalists also have been invited to participate in the panels. Marvin Kalb, a noted television journalist from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University, will be the conferencemoderator. The theme of this year’s conference is “Foreign Policy Challenges at the End of the Century.” The conference will feature three panels-one on economic reform in the former Soviet Union and China, another on politico-military factors and the future of warfare, and a third on the role of culture, ethnic and religiousfactors. The conference has been made possible through the generoussupport of The Coca-Cola Foundation. The conference will open at 9 a.m. Nov. 13 in Stude Concert Hall in the Alice Pratt Brown Hall. Djerejian will open the conference. Rice University President Malcolm Gillis will introduce Bush, whowill deliver introductory remarks. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more