2009 Events

December 7, 2009 - Operation Enduring Freedom Roundtable

Speakers

From Left to Right: Val Hale, VP Institutional Advancement at UVU; Murad Askarov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the U.N.; John Valentine, Former President of Utah Senate; Ayoob Erfani, Deputy Chief of Mission for Afghanistan in the U.N.; Alex Stecker, Professor of History and Political Science at UVU; Baktybek Abdrisaev, Visiting Professor at UVU

OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM ROUNDTABLE


Written by:  Dr. Baktybek Abdrisaev Visiting Professor, UVU

On December 7th, 2009 UVU hosted a Conference-Roundtable titled: “The 8th Anniversary of ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’: Current Status and Prospects for the Future.” It was dedicated to the beginning of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan by the coalition forces, led by the United States, which resulted in the fall of the Taliban regime, the new government of President Karzai and renewed hopes among the people of Afghanistan for a better future. The region has seen an unprecedented amount of significant political and economic transformations over the last eight years.

Eight years later, after the new U.S. Administration of President Barack Obama, with its new global strategy and emphasis on the war in Afghanistan, implemented a surge of a military forces in the region, many experts, political leaders and civilians everywhere are asking how Afghanistan, instead of becoming a model for how governments can transition to a democratic and prosperous state, instead has been transformed into a heaven for a resurgent Al-Qaeda and Taliban threatening both regional and global stability. The main goal of the roundtable was to look at these questions through the eyes of three groups of experts: diplomatic envoys from regional nations like Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, accredited at the United Nations; experts from the “Heritage Foundation” such as Dr. Ariel Cohen and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives Chris Cannon of Utah; and local representatives with personal experience in Afghanistan. This last group included a representative of the Utah National Guard Lt. Colonel Derek Tolman, Assistant Professor of Communication at UVU, Scott Carrier, and Najib Niazi, Adjunct Instructor of International Studies at the University of Utah.

An additional event under the umbrella of the Roundtable discussion included the screening of the movie “The Kite Runner,” which took place on the evening of December 8th, 2009.

The Roundtable brought a number of benefits to the faculty and students of UVU:

1) The presence of a group of internationally recognized experts, scholars and officials presented the opportunity to evaluate the situation in Afghanistan on a very high professional level and understand the challenges which the current U.S. Administration experiences there;

2) The strengthening of ties with officials and representatives from the region;

3) The recognition and appreciation of the contribution made by local Utah representatives in the fight against terrorism, specifically against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

December 2009 - Norman Muhamad,
Malaysian Consul General

Choir and Humanitarian Center

Tabernacle Choir Sunday Broadcast and the Humanitarian Center

The Honorable Norman Muhamad, Consul General of Malaysia spoke at UVU on U.S.- Malaysian relations. While in Utah he toured sites of interest, including visits to companies doing business in Malaysia. The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and World Trade Center Utah hosted him for further discussions on expanding business relations.

November 22-24, 2009 - Berenado Vunibobo,
Ambassador of Fiji to the UN

Visiting Sundance Ski Resort

BIOGRAPHY

Prior to his appointment to the UN, Mr. Vunibobo had served as a Senator of Fiji and on its Constitution Review Commission. During that time, he was also Special Envoy to numerous States in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. He was also a member of the Committee to Review Fijian Administration and was Chairman of the Fijian Education Advisory Group. He held several key positions in areas related to development and land issues, and was also a Special Envoy of Pope John Paul II.

From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Vunibobo served as Minister for his country in its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (1997-1999), Finance and Economic Development (1994-1997), and Home Affairs and Immigration (1994). He also served as Chairman on the Board of Directors of Fiji Post and Telecommunications Ltd and on the Defense Review Committee from 1992 to 1994, and held the post of Minister for Trade and Commerce from 1988 to 1992.

Mr. Vunibobo served as Resident Representative and Resident Coordinator for the United Nations System for Development in Pakistan (1986-1987) after serving in the same capacity in the Republic of Korea (1981-1986). He was the Secretary for Transport and Tourism in his country from 1980 to 1981, while also serving as Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority and on the Boards of regional airlines and the Fiji Ports Authority.

While serving as the Permanent Representative in his country’s Mission to the United Nations (1926-1980), he held concurrent accreditations with the United States and Canada and, during that period, he negotiated his country’s participation in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1978. Mr. Vunibobo began his career in 1951 with a series of posts in agriculture related fields and holds degrees from Queensland University and Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (University College of West Indies).

He has been awarded the CBE Award for Meritorious Service and is a Gold Medallist of Queensland Agricultural College.

Born on 24 September 1932, he is a widower with five children.

UVU, Lecture and Award

Maria Vunibobo (daughter) and the Ambassador on UVU campus, the UCCU Center and as He Addresses the Local Fijian Community

November 20, 2009 - Sergey Chernyshev,
Director of TsAGI

Sergey Chernyshev

DIRECTOR OF 'RUSSIAN NASA TO SPEAK AT UVU ON NOV. 20

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Everything that has ever flown in space or high in the sky from the former Soviet Union and Russia came out of the ultra-secret TsAGI, the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute. And at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 in the new UVU Library lecture hall (LI120), the organization’s director general, Dr. Sergey Chernyshev, will offer a glimpse into the formerly clandestine agency when he presents “UFOs, Space Craft and Flying Giants: Untold Tales of Soviet/Russian Aerospace Work.”

Located near Moscow in the city of Zhukovsky, which was long shrouded in secrecy as the headquarters of Soviet and Russian aviation technology, TsAGI has no peer in advanced aerospace work. It has 65 wind tunnels, including one large enough to house a full-sized 757 and another capable of creating speeds of well over Mach 20, more than 20 times the speed of sound.

“No aerospace facility or combination of facilities in the world compares to TsAGI,” said UVU Associate Vice President Rusty Butler. “I have toured this formerly secret facility and was shocked to learn of its capabilities and achievements. Having the director general lecture at UVU is a major coup for our school.”

The lecture is sponsored by the UVU Office of International Everything that has ever flown in space or high in the sky from the former Soviet Union and Russia came out of the ultra-secret TsAGI, the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute. And at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 in the new UVU Library lecture hall (LI120), the organization’s director general, Dr. Sergey Chernyshev, will offer a glimpse into the formerly clandestine agency when he presents “UFOs, Space Craft and Flying Giants: Untold Tales of Soviet/Russian Aerospace Work.”

Located near Moscow in the city of Zhukovsky, which was long shrouded in secrecy as the headquarters of Soviet and Russian aviation technology, TsAGI has no peer in advanced aerospace work. It has 65 wind tunnels, including one large enough to house a full-sized 757 and another capable of creating speeds of well over Mach 20, more than 20 times the speed of sound.

“No aerospace facility or combination of facilities in the world compares to TsAGI,” said UVU Associate Vice President Rusty Butler. “I have toured this formerly secret facility and was shocked to learn of its capabilities and achievements. Having the director general lecture at UVU is a major coup for our school.”

The lecture is sponsored by the UVU Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, Institutional Advancement, and the College of Science & Health. It is free and open to the public.

Affairs & Diplomacy, Institutional Advancement, and the College of Science & Health.

Lecture

Sergei Chernyshev (second from the right) with his Two Sons and Wife

Dr. Sergey Chernyshev spoke at UVU on the history and progress of Soviet/Russian aerospace. Dr. Chernyshev is the Director General of TsAGI, the Central AeroHydroDynamic Institute near Moscow, Russia. TsAGI is the world’s premier air and space research facility with over 65 wind tunnels. All Soviet and Russian craft that have flown in the air or in space have come from TsAGI, civilian or military. Dr. Chernyshev spoke of current developments and research, including a new family of commercial aircraft now being studied. He stated that TsAGI has professional relationships with NASA in the U.S., the European Space Agency, and their counterparts in India, China, Japan and elsewhere.

Nov. 18, 2009 - Ezekial Gatkuoth,
Head of the Mission of Southern Sudan to the US

 Ezekial Gatkuoth

UVU HONORED GUEST TO SPEAK ON CRISIS IN SUDAN

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As part of its Global Engagement Week, Utah Valley University will host the Honorable Ezekial Lol Gatkuoth of the Southern Sudan Mission to address this crucial period in Sudan’s history in a lecture entitled “Sudan: Before and After 2011: Understanding the Critical Factors Shaping the Future of Sudan.”

“We have often heard of the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, and now we can hear directly from one of the warriors who actually fought in that country,” said Rusty Butler, UVU associate vice president of international affairs and diplomacy. “This is a rare opportunity for students to engage with one of the architects of democracy in that war-torn part of the world.”

Gatkuoth is the Head of Mission for the Government of Southern Sudan Mission to the United States in Washington, DC., and the former Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Representative to the United States. He was trained and served as a soldier in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and received a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland College Park. Gatkuoth advocates for democratic transformation in the Sudan, implementation of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement, development for Southern Sudan and an immediate end to the crisis in Darfur.

National elections in Sudan are scheduled for April 2010 and a referendum for Southern Sudan and Abyei is scheduled for January 2011. Genocide continues in the Darfur region of Sudan and the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan’s president, Omar Al- Bashir. Gatkuoth’s lecture will provide students and the local community with an opportunity to learn how these and other important events are affecting Sudan and the Horn of Africa.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the UVU Library, room 506.

Lecture and Group Photo

Ezekial Gatkuoth with UVU Staff and Lectures at UVU

Mr. Gatkuoth's discussion was entitled "Sudan: Before and After 2011. Understanding the Critical Factors Shaping the Future of Sudan."

Sudan is facing one of the most important periods of time in its history. National elections are scheduled for April 2010 and a referendum for Southern Sudan and Abyei is scheduled for January 2011. Genocide continues in the Darfur region of Sudan and the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan’s President, Omar Al-Bashir.

Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Head of Mission for the Government of Southern Sudan Mission to the United States in Washington, DC and the former Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement Representative to the US, was trained and served as a soldier in the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army and received a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland College Park. Hon. Gatkuoth advocates for democratic transformation in the Sudan, implementation of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement, development for Southern Sudan, and an immediate end to the crisis in Darfur.

Lunch

Ezekial Gatkuoth at an Honorary UVU Luncheon

October 8, 2009 - Mrs. Padma Venkataraman,
World Humanitarian

Commencement Cover

AWARD-WINNING WORLD HUMANITARIAN TO SPEAK AT UVU

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With work spanning the globe, from nonprofit committees to tsunamis, leprosy to entrepreneurship, women and children to impoverished families, Padma Vankatamaran stands among the great world humanitarians. Vankatamaran will be speaking at Utah Valley University, as part of President Matthew S. Holland’s inauguration week, Thursday, Oct. 8, with a lecture entitled “Making a Difference through Service and Humanitarian Outreach: Working with Leper Outcasts in India.” During her time in Utah, she will also be receiving the annual International Humanitarian Award from Enterprise Mentors, an award that has previously been awarded to such public figures as Wendy de Berger and Laura Bush.

Vankatamaran was brought to the University’s attention when UVU national presidential advisory board member and chairman of the Enterprise Mentors Board of Advisors Ron Gunnell met her in India. Gunnell contacted Rusty Butler, UVU associate vice president for international affairs and diplomacy, about Vankatamaran speaking during President Holland’s inaugural week.

“He came to me and said she would be perfect for UVU,” Butler said. “When I presented the idea to the president he said she is an individual that represents the quality and service in leadership that we want to be known for here.”

The daughter of former India President R. Venkataraman, Padma has been most active in grassroots work in leprosy rehabilitation for 15 years, and now heads up microfinance projects in the India leprosy colonies for Rising Star Outreach, a humanitarian organization based in the United States that has championed her cause. She is also a member of the organization’s board of directors and takes an active role in the policy decisions concerning Rising Star Outreach’s subsidiary organization in India.

Additionally, Padma has worked for the livelihood of the fisherfolk in selected sites affected by the tsunami disaster, helping to provide repairs of fishing boats and catamarans. She has lived in Vienna, Austria, where she was, among other things, permanent representative of the All India Women’s Conference to the United Nations. She has also served as vice president of the nonprofit organization Committee on Women, president of the United Nations Women’s Guild, founder of the Women’s Indian Association, and vice president of the Austro-Indian Association.

In addition to her work with Rising Star, Padma is currently the vice president of the Women’s Indian Association, Chennai, a committee member of the Srinivasa Gandhi Nilayam, a trustee of the Global Cancer Concern, Delhi, a patron for the Gandhi Peace Foundation and more. She also advises in an honorary capacity for HOPE Worldwide. An economics graduate, her honors include awards from the Women’s Indian Association, HOPE Worldwide and an honorary doctorate from Emmanuel College, Kota. She is married and has two daughters.

Lecture and Award

Mrs. Padma Venkataraman Lectures at UVU and Receives a Gift From President Holland

Padma Venkataraman

SPEAKER EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF AMERICAN VOLUNTEERS

UVU Review   October 26, 2009

Written by:  Dr. Bektur Abdrisaev

Padma Venkataraman, a widely recognized Indian humanitarian, addressed students and faculty after spending two decades in the United Nations in Vienna. Representing the women of India and the effort to rehabilitate thousands of leprosy victims, Venkataraman visited as part of her nationwide tour meant to spread word of her cause throughout hundreds of national forums.

Her visit to UVU was made possible by the joint efforts of Ron Gunnell, a member of the Presidential Advisory Board, and the Office of International Affairs and Diplomacy.

Working on many different projects relating to leprosy victims as well as the women of India, Venkataraman serves as the Vice President of the Women’s India Association, President of the UN Women’s Guild, Vice President of the NGO Committee on Women and is a member of many other committees in the United Nations such as the Committee on the Disabled and Committee on Narcotics.

During her speech Venkataraman emphasized the importance of American volunteers to the rehabilitation effort. She stated that the biggest hurdle that needs to be jumped in the rehabilitation process is the low self-esteem and reluctance of the lepers themselves, who are so marginalized that they believe themselves to be subhuman and destined to a life of poverty. However, the caring embraces and basic human contact that American volunteers provide help to slowly break down the emotional walls and let the lepers learn how to be self-sufficient, productive members of society once more.

Interested volunteers can visit www.risingstaroutreach.org in order to join the rehabilitation efforts of Rising Star Outreach, one of the driving forces in the leprosy rehabilitation effort. The organization is run by Becky Douglas, an American homemaker, with the help of Padma Venkataraman.

With Students

Mrs. Padma Venkataraman with UVU Students

October 2, 2009 - Elin Suleymanov,
Consul General of Azerbaijan, Los Angeles Office

BIOGRAPHY

On November 14, 2005, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev appointed Elin Suleymanov as Azerbaijan’s first Consul General to Los Angeles, California with personal rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Prior to that he served as Senior Counselor at the Foreign Relations Department, Office of the President in Baku, Azerbaijan and as Press Officer of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington, DC. Before joining diplomatic service, Mr. Suleymanov worked with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Azerbaijan and with the Open Media Research Institute in Prague, Czech Republic.

A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts, Mr. Suleymanov also holds graduate degrees from the Political Geography department of the Moscow State University, Russia, and from the University of Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Suleymanov speaks Azerbaijani, English, Russian and Czech languages.

Lecture

Consul General Suleymanov with UVU Faculty, Staff and Students

Sept. 9, 2009 - Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein,
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Jordan to the US

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein

BIOGRAPHY

His Royal Excellency Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States of America, visited UVU on September 9, 2009. During his visit he met with UVU students from Jordan as well as UVU Administration.

Prince Zeid is Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico. He was previously the kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations; a post he held six and a half years (2000-2007). From 1996-2000, he was Jordan’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN, with the rank of Ambassador.

An expert in the field of international justice, Prince Zeid played a central role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He chaired, for example, over the course of two years, the complex, often pioneering, negotiations on the ‘elements’ of the individual offenses falling under the crimes of: Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes. Courts around the world now cite the definitions for ‘Crimes Against Humanity’, refined by the ‘elements’, as ‘authoritative’.

In September 2002, Prince Zeid was also elected the first president of the governing body of the International Criminal Court, at a time when the Court was only a plan on paper, with no officials or even an address to its name and, in three years, oversaw the Court’s growth into the institution it has now become.

He has also been active on other legal issues. He was the first of two UN ambassadors to chair the Ad Hoc Committee on the Scope of Legal Protection under the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel. And in the spring of 2004, he was chosen to be chairman of the ‘Panel of Experts for the UN Secretary-General’s Trust Fund to Assist States in the Settlement of Disputes through the International Court of Justice’, in the matter relating to the boundary dispute between Benin and Niger. Earlier that year, he was also appointed by his government as Jordan’s representative, and head of delegation, before the International Court of Justice in the matter relating to the wall being built by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Prince Zeid also served as a political affairs officer in UNPROFOR in the former Yugoslavia from February 1994 to February 1996, and, having worked intimately with peacekeeping issues for over the last decade, his knowledge of peacekeeping is extensive.

Following allegations of widespread abuse being committed by UN peacekeepers in the summer of 2004, he was appointed as ‘Advisor to the Secretary-General on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.’ In the spring of 2005, he produced a report on this subject; praised subsequently by international civil society for having been ‘revolutionary’ in its approach. It provided, for the first time, a comprehensive strategy for the elimination of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN Peacekeeping Operations. The report was endorsed in full, by the 191 Heads of State and Government, in September 2005.

Prince Zeid also chaired the Consultative Committee for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and led an effort to establish greater strategic direction for the Fund (2004-5007).

In early 2009, Prince Zeid was asked by the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court, to chair the closing stages of the negotiations on the definition of the Crime of Aggression -- identified in Nuremburg as the "supreme international crime" -- for inclusion into the Statute of the International Criminal Court in 2010.

Prince Zeid holds a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge (Christ’s College). On June 14th, 2008, Prince Zeid was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the Southern California Institute of Law. In 1989, he also received his commission as an officer in the Jordanian desert police (the successor to the Arab Legion) and saw service with them until 1994.

Prince Zeid delivered the Grotius Lecture at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (April 2008).

His publications include: ‘A Nightmare Avoided: Jordan and Suez 1956’ in Israel Affairs (Winter 1994), and ‘Religious Militancy in the Arab Middle East: Threats and Responses 1979-1988’ in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs (Spring 1989).

Prince Zeid is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation. He is married to Princess Sarah Zeid, and they have a son and a daughter.

Gift and Jordan Students and Staff

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein Receiving a Gift from President Holland and with UVU Jordan Students and Faculty

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein with UVU Administrators

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein Speaking with UVU Administrators

June 12-20, 2009 - Open World Kyrgyz Delegation

With Host Families

UVU TO HOST OPEN WORLD DELEGATES

UVU Review
Written by:  Jessica Burnahm

In an effort to facilitate international understanding, the Open World Program has invited five government leaders from Kyrgyzstan to explore various aspects of Utah from June 12 through the 20.

The Open World Program is dedicated to establishing a system of leaders in specific regions who have had significant exposure to American democracy, government and our free-market system.

Utah Valley University's Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy is acting as host for the delegation for Open World.

"As the local host, UVU is thrilled to facilitate the creation of meaningful partnerships among local organizations and Open World delegations." said Maryna V. Storrs, the Program Coordinator of the Office of International Affairs and Diplomacy. "Our goal is to provide educational as well as networking opportunities that the delegates will surely utilize upon return to their home countries."

Five well qualified delegates were chosen after a competitive application process. Their country of Kyrgyzstan has been involved in Open World since June of 2007. Open World intends to assist Kyrgyzstan in improving their judicial system and in making it more accessible.

The program brings a group of four to five participants accompanied by a facilitator for theme based visits to the U.S. It usually begins with an orientation in Washington dc followed afterwards by a program in a local community.

The delegates will have the opportunity to tour UVU's newly built library, examine the activities of social services organizations, discuss copyright laws with professionals, learn how to prevent juvenile crime, visit the legislature and participate in many other activities relevant to their occupational interests.

"Open World delegations give exposure to UVU on the local, national and international level," Storrs said. "For example, this particular delegation was able to meet with Senator Bennett and Congressman Chaffetz in Washington D.C. to discuss their purpose of coming to Utah and UVU."

This program includes home-stays with residents and daily professional appointments. Each program's focus varies from federalism, representative government, rule of law, health, environment, economic development, education reform and social services. This will be the third group UVU has hosted this year.

Other countries involved in Open World include Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Lithuania and Russia.

Library and Scholars

Tour of the UVU Library and Delegation Meets Legal Scholars

May 8-16, 2009 - Open World Russian Delegation

Delegation in Arches

UVU HOSTS RUSSIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS

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Five government leaders from various parts of the Russian Federation participating in the Open World Program will spend May 8-16 in Utah examining economic development. Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy is hosting the delegation for Open World.

Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level.

While in Utah, the delegates will discuss economic development issues with numerous state entities such as the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Commission for Economic Development in Orem (CEDO), Economic Development Corporation of Utah and other organizations. Delegates will also tour successful local companies, meet with the local as well as state government officials, and get acquainted with some of the State’s attractions. In addition, homestays with local residents will allow the delegates to experience Utah family life.

“As the local host, UVU is thrilled to facilitate the creation of meaningful partnerships among local organizations and Open World delegations,” said Maryna Storrs, program coordinator for the UVU Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Our goal is to provide educational as well as networking opportunities that the delegates will surely utilize upon return to their home countries.”

The Open World Leadership Center has awarded a grant to Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy to administer this and other similar exchanges in 2009.

The Open World Program is a unique, nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress designed to build mutual understanding between the United States and Eurasia. More than 12,000 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 U.S. states since the program’s inception in 1999. Delegates range from members of parliament to mayors, from innovative nonprofit directors to experienced journalists, and from political party activists to regional administrators.

For more information about the Open World Program http://www.openworld.gov/

XanGo

Delegation at XanGo Headquarters

UVU Meeting

UVU Meetings

April 13, 2009 - Murad Askarov,
Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the UN

Murad Askarov

AMBASSADOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN TO LECTURE AT UVU ON APRIL 13

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Murad Askarov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Nations, will lecture at Utah Valley University 10 a.m. Monday, April 13, in Woodbury Business Building room 131. He will be the first representative from Uzbekistan to speak on campus.

"Uzbekistan is a strategically important nation to the United States and its efforts against terrorism and narcotics that arrive from Afghanistan," said Dr. Rusty Butler, associate vice president for international affairs at UVU.

Prior to becoming the Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Nations, Askarov was Chief of the Head Department for Analysis and Strategy of Foreign Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2009). He also served as Second and then First Secretary in the same department (2005-2006), and he was Third Secretary in the Foreign Ministry's Policy Planning Group (2003-2005).

In addition, Askarov served as Head of Chancellery at the Embassy of Uzbekistan to the United States in Washington, D.C., (1999-2003). Prior to that he was Referent of the Treaty and Law Department in the Foreign Ministry (1997-1999).

Askarov earned a doctorate in political science and a master's degree in international relations from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

For more information about the Ambassador’s Lecture Visit The Daily Herald http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/uzbekistan-plots-steady-neutral-course-diplomat-says-at-uvu/article_3fb6fd88-7426-58bf-b1a6-9865aebf5751.html

Lecture

Ambassador Askarov Lectures at UVU

With Erkin Tadzhimetov

Ambassador Askarov with UVU Wrestler and Uzbek Student Erkin Tadzhimetov

April 7, 2009 - Yuriy A. Sergeyev,
Ambassador of Ukraine to the UN

Yuriv A. Sergeyev

UVU STUDENT CLUBS TO CELEBRATE UNITED NATIONS' INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY

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OREM, Utah - Yuriy A. Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, will lecture at Utah Valley University on Thursday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m., in LI 120.

The lecture is free and open UVU students, faculty members and the public. However, seating is limited.

"The ambassador's visit to UVU provides an excellent and exciting opportunity for our students," said UVU assistant professor Geoffrey Cockerham. "It allows them to go beyond what they learn in the classroom and interact with an actual practitioner of international relations."

Sergeyev, the current permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations since 2007, has worked in the government of Ukraine in many capacities since 1992.

Since 2000, he has been the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (2000-01); Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001); Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to France, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (2001-03) and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations (2003-07).

Sergeyev, who is fluent in English and French, received his doctorate from Taras Shevchenko Kyiv State University in 1981. After receiving his doctorate he was an assistant Docent at the Philological Faculty at Taras Shevchenko Kyiv State University from 1981-1992.

March 31, 2009 - Antonio de Aguiar Patriota,
Ambassador of Brazil to the US

 Antonio de Aguiar Patriota

BIOGRAPHY

Antonio de Aguiar Patriota has been the Ambassador of Brazil to the United States since February 23, 2007, representing the government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Patriota was born in Rio de Janeiro on April 27, 1954. He majored in philosophy at the University of Geneva and graduated first in his class from Brazil’s Diplomatic Academy, Instituto Rio Branco, in 1979. His postgraduate thesis for the Advanced Studies Course at the Rio Branco Institute was published in 1998 under the title “The Security Council After the Gulf War: articulating a new paradigm for collective security.”

After joining the Foreign Ministry, Patriota held a number of overseas positions during the 1980s, including member of Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva (1983-1986), Political Counselor at the Brazilian Embassy in Beijing, China (1987-1988), and Head of the Economic Section of the Brazilian Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (1988-1990). In the early 1990s, Patriota worked in Brazil, first as Advisor to the Secretary General for Political Affairs, at Foreign Ministry headquarters in Brasilia from 1990 to 1992, and then as Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to former President Itamar Franco from 1992 to 1994. Patriota then spent eight years at foreign postings, including five years, from 1995 to 2000, as Political Counselor at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City, and two years as Deputy Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland from 2001 to 2003. Promoted to the rank of Ambassador in December 2003, Patriota served as Secretary for Diplomatic Planning in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Relations from 2003 to 2005, as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Foreign Relations from May 2004 through May 2005, and as Under Secretary General for Political Affairs, at the Ministry of Foreign Relations from 2005 to 2006.

With UVU Students

Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota Speaking with UVU Students

March 27, 2009 - Turkic World Governance Conference

TURKIC WORLD GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE BRINGS RULE OF LAW AND GOVERNANCE ISSUES TO PUBLIC FORUM AMONG SCHOLARS, POLITICAL FIGURES

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Inquiring minds visiting UVU for the Turkic world governance conference this week will be greeted by Governor Huntsman, Senator Bennett, UVU (Interim) President Liz Hitch and numerous other officials, from locally and abroad. This event marks the first segment of a three-part symposium, which will start at UVU then travel to Washington, D.C., and Kyrgyzstan.

The conference, titled "Traditions of Rule of Law, Good Governance and Consultative Government in the Turkic World," brings together faculty, students, scholars and officials to explore governance traditions and trends as they relate to Turkic regions and the western world.

In addition to world-class political discussion and presentations from the likes of Dr. Frederick F. Starr, chairman of the Institute of Central Asia and Caucasus at John Hopkins University, and Senator John Valentine, former president of the Utah State Senate, senior UVU political science students will be presenting papers on governance issues pertaining to the conference subject matter. Students with the winning papers will be awarded a trip to Central Asia (first place) and Washington, D.C. (second through fourth places) to take part in similar events and research on the topic.

"This conference will give our students more chances to continue with scholarly research," said UVU visiting professor at history and political science department Dr. Baktybek Abdrisaev. "This is just the first step to be involved more, to get in more deeply and work more professionally."

The conference begins tomorrow, Friday, March 27, in the UVU Library Auditorium and will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on the conference, contact the UVU Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy at (801) 863-8897. This event is made possible by a grant from the UVU Center for Engaged Learning.

For more information about UVU’s participation in the CACI Forum in Washington D.C.http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/inside/forum/CACI_2009_0610.html

TURKIC CONFERENCE HELD ON CAMPUS

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In a day-long political discussion and presentation on “Traditions of Rule of Law, Good Governance and Consultative Government in the Turkic World,” students at UVU were able to learn more about the traditions of the Western world government.

This conference is part of a three-part symposium with UVU as its first stop, followed by Washington, D.C. and Kyrgystan.

“This conference will give our students more chances to continue with scholarly research,” said Dr. Baktybek Abdriseav, UVU professor in the history and political science department. “This is just the first step to be involved more, to get in more deeply and work more professionally.”

The events on Friday began with greetings from Governor Huntsman, Senator Bennett, UVU Interim President Liz Hitch and other political officials.

Presentations and discussions were presented by people such as Dr. Frederick F. Starr, chairman of the Institute of Central Asia and Caucasus at John Hopkins University, and lunch was with Senator John Valentine, former president of the Utah State Senate giving the key address.

Danielle Butler, the Honorary Consul of the Kyrgyz Republic to Utah, gave the dinners key address. Students’ paper presentations done beforehand were also recognized at the event.

Senior UVU political science students competed and presented papers on governance issues on the conference’s subject matter. The first place winner won a trip to Central Asia with second, third and fourth place winners awarded a trip to Washington D.C. to participate in events and research on the topic.

March 12-22, 2009 - Vitaly Churkin,
Ambassador of Russia to the UN

Vitaly Churkin

RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO UNITED NATIONS TO LECTURE AT UVU

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Vitaly Churkin, the Russian Federation Ambassador to the United Nations, will lecture at Utah Valley University's Timpanogos Room located in the Library on Monday, March 16, from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

"We and other universities [in the state] have been trying to get a Russian Ambassador here for over a decade," said Dr. Rusty Butler, associate vice president for international affairs at UVU. "We are very fortunate to have him coming to UVU."

Churkin replaced Andrey I. Denisov in May of 2006 as the current Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the U.N. Prior to his most recent assignment he was a Russian Federation Ambassador-at-Large to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2003-06) as well as Russian Federation's Ambassador to Belgium (1994-1998) and Canada (1998-2003).

"To have a man of this stature is, our course, a huge opportunity for us at the university and for our students, faculty and others to dialogue with him directly," Butler said.

Churkin, who is fluent in Russian, French and English, is also the chairman of the Senior Officials of the Arctic Council.

Churkin is a 1974 graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. In 1981 he earned a doctorate in history from the USSR Diplomatic Academy.

For the Daily Herald’s account of the Ambassadors Visit http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/article_40920a28-a05c-517b-b43e-b72f1c8b023b.html



Click here for more information on Ambassador Churkin and his country of Russia.

President Holland and Lecture

Ambassador Churkin with President Holland and Associate vP Rusty Butler and the Addressing UVU Students and Faculty

Franz Kold and Cultural Presentation

Ambassador Churkin Meets Franz Kolb of the Governor’s Economic Development Office and a Cultural Presentation at UVU

February 28 - March 7, 2009 - Open World Turkmen Delegation

Delegation with Host Families

TURKMEN LEADERS EXAMINE THE U.S. AUDIT SYSTEM IN UTAH

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Five government leaders from the Central Asian country of Turkmenistan participating in the Open World Program will spend Feb. 28-March 7 in Utah examining the U.S. audit system. Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy is hosting the delegation for Open World. Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American democracy at the local level.

While in Utah, the delegates will discuss accountability, transparency and separation of powers with UVU professors and students; meet with local, as well as state government officials to discuss the differences and similarities of the audit systems; and become acquainted with some of the State’s attractions. In addition, home-stays with local residents will allow the delegates to experience Utah family life and create life-long friends.

“Global engagement at UVU means involvement with international leaders,” explained Rusty Butler, UVU associate vice president for international affairs. “Turkmenistan has vast influence in Eurasia because of its immense gas reserves. This visit offers the opportunity for our students and faculty to become involved with a strategically critical nation and its leaders.”

The Open World Leadership Center has awarded a grant to Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy to administer this and other similar exchanges in 2009.

The Open World Program is a unique, nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress designed to build mutual understanding between the United States and Eurasia. More than 12,000 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 U.S. states since the program’s inception in 1999. Delegates range from members of parliament to mayors, from innovative nonprofit directors to experienced journalists, and from political party activists to regional administrators.

For more information about the Open World Program http://www.openworld.gov/

UVU and State Auditor

Delegates at UVU and at a Meeting with Utah State Auditor

State Capital

Delegates at the Utah State Capital Building