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Nov. 18, 2004

North Korean-U.S. Relations Focus Of Lecture Nov. 29

The influence of North Korea on the U.S. economy and security will be the focus of the next presentation in the International Mondays lecture series. Elizabeth Constantine, assistant director of Policy Analysis and Dialogue and program officer at the Stanley Foundation, will discuss the foundation's new initiative, "Future Multilateral Economic Engagement with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 in the International Center Lounge on the University of Iowa campus. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

"In the last few years, regionalization in Northeast Asia has occurred with nominal U.S. influence," Constantine said. "As the politics of the region change, the U.S. is being left behind as it becomes clear that the U.S. can no longer count on its traditional partners in the region. The U.S. is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the region, while China's influence becomes greater."

The foreign policy community has long recognized that Northeast Asia lags behind other regions of the world in the development of institutional mechanisms for inter-governmental cooperation, Constantine said.

During her lecture, Constantine will discuss how recent events and continuing trends in the area -- China's burgeoning activism, the North Korean nuclear crisis and growing economic interdependence, to name only three -- have made the need for such mechanisms more pressing than ever before. Not only are they critically important to the development of stable relations between the countries of Northeast Asia, they are critical to U.S. economic and security interests, especially in view of the United States' historically limited role in regional initiatives there, Constantine added.

Constantine also serves as the program manager of the Southeast Asia in the Twenty-First Century: Issues and Options for U.S. Policy program. Prior to taking this position, she served as the International Programs grants and development officer and the assistant director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the UI. She spent three years studying and working in China and two years in Uzbekistan. Constantine received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, master's degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and her doctorate in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University.

For more information on this lecture or International Mondays, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Kent Nguyen