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TUESDAY, May 28, 2013
The Pacific Islands Society at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) invites media to cover an upcoming address on “International Security and the Pacific Islands” by the Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States Embassy in London, Mr. Mark Tokola.
The event will be held in the SOAS main building, located in Russell Square, London on Tuesday, May 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Mr. Tokola will be discussing the United States “Asia Pivot” strategy and what this means for security in the Pacific Islands Region.
Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first outlined US intentions to “pivot to Asia” in an article entitled “America’s Pacific Century” in Foreign Policy
in November 2011. United States diplomatic as well as military relations have long played a central role in security issues for the region, including key pacts like the ANZUS treaty. As the United States and other global powers have refocused on the region, questions have been drawn as to the implications and implementation of this new objective.
Mr. Tokola’s talk will also be the finale of the second half of the inaugural Ambassador Speaking Series presented by the Pacific Islands Society at SOAS. The series has featured senior diplomats from across the Asia-Pacific, including partners in the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) and other regional players.
Media wishing to cover this event are asked to contact Pacific Islands Society Director of Marketing and Communications Miles McKenna, at +44 (0)77-6667-6558 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO: Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Mark Tokola, Embassy of the United States in London
WHAT: The US Asia Pivot: What it means for the Pacific Islands (unofficial title)
WHERE: SOAS Main Building, Room 116, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG
WHEN: 6:30 – 8:30p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Eddie Walsh, President, Pacific Islands Society at SOAS; Email: email@example.com
Keiko Ono, Vice President, Pacific Islands Society at SOAS; Tel: +44 020 7898-4994, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
About Deputy Chief of Mission Mark Tokola: Mr. Tokola has been the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the American Embassy in London since August 23, 2012. His immediate posting before London was as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy Seoul. Among his other postings were as Economic Minister at the U.S. Embassy in London, Deputy Chief of Mission of U.S. Embassy Ulaanbaatar, two tours at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Economic Counselor at U.S. Embassy The Hague, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Reykjavik, Iceland. From May 2007 to May 2008, Mr. Tokola served as Director of the Iraq Transition Assistance Office (ITAO) at the American Embassy in Baghdad. Mr. Tokola received a Superior Honor Award for his work on implementing the Dayton Peace Accords while serving as Political Counselor in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, from 1997 to 1999. He joined the Foreign Service in 1976.
About the Pacific Islands Society (PacSoc): The Pacific Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting stronger people-people relations between the Pacific Island Countries and beyond. The organization encourages educational and cultural exchanges that create global awareness of the importance of the Pacific and its people. Its goal is to serve as a leading source of information for students, faculty, and cultural experts interested in Pacific affairs. It also seeks to connect students, faculty, and cultural experts with governmental, non-governmental, and commercial organizations providing products and services designed to promote Pacific culture, research, and commerce.
About the Pacific Islands Society at SOAS: The Pacific Islands Society at SOAS is a registered society of the SOAS Student Union. The society aims to increase student and faculty awareness of the importance of Pacific affairs within the SOAS community and the broader U.K. higher education system.
About the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies: SOAS is the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This places it at the forefront of academic scholarship on the current transformation of the Asia-Pacific. Highly specialized academic staff focusing on diplomacy, language studies, and regional expertise give SOAS unique insight into the key issues facing Asia, and the rest of the world. Democracy, development, human rights, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, and social change are at the heart of SOAS’ academic disciplines and intellectual inquiry. This distinct academic focus makes SOAS an indispensable centre for analysing, understanding and explaining historic and emerging trends in our complex world.
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