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German Ambassador presents at The UWI Diplomatic Dialogues

For Release Upon Receipt - February 22, 2011

St. Augustine


The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus (UWI) will feature Mr. Stefan Schlüter, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Trinidad and Tobago, at the second session of the Diplomatic Dialogues series, hosted by the Institute of International Relations (IIR) on Thursday February 24th, 2011.

Ambassador Schlüter will speak on the topic "German Role in Conflict Prevention and Peace Building" at the forum. He will be joined on the panel by the IIR’s own Dr. R. Mark Kirton, who will deliver a presentation on “Peace building and Conflict resolution in the Hemisphere”. The discussions will be held in the IIR Lecture Room 1 at the Institute of International Relations, UWI St. Augustine Campus.

The Diplomatic Dialogues was initiated last November, when the High Commissioner of India, Sri Malay Mishra, gave a presentation on ‘Contemporary India’. The series is now being scheduled to be a monthly initiative of the IIR. Following this month’s event, the IIR will welcome His Excellency Ambassador Yang Youming, of the People's Republic of China on March 24th, 2011, to be the lead speaker at the next session focusing on the recent invitation for South Africa to join the BRICs grouping.

The Diplomatic Dialogues is an attempt to regularize the engagement and interaction of IIR students, Faculty and others, with the practitioners of International Relations through special guest lectures and presentations within courses or as special singular events. This series leverages the connections of the IIR as well as that of the University’s International Office and provides a forum for knowledge transfer and developmental discussions.

For further information on the Diplomatic Dialogues session presented by Ambassador Schlüter this Thursday, contact the Institute of International Relations at (868) 662 2002 Ext. 3237 or 3235.

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