Robert D. Griffiths will give Brigham Young University students an inside look at careers in diplomacy during two lectures sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.
Griffiths is the deputy director of Mainland Southeast Asian Affairs for the U.S. State Department. His first lecture, "An Inside Look at a Career in Diplomacy," will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at BYU.
His second address, a brownbag lecture, will follow at noon in 238 HRCB and is titled, "The Growing Chinese Influence in Southeast Asia: Have Things Gone Awry or Have Things Gone Right?"
Griffiths received a master's degree in public policy from Harvard. He has worked in the Foreign Service for 20 years in Europe and Asia. He currently manages foreign policy relationships with five Southeast Asian countries and supervises six Foreign Service officers.
His first lecture is sponsored by the Foreign Service Student Organization, which is a student program funded and sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. The FSSO aims to increase awareness of Foreign Service careers, provide information to help prospective Foreign Service candidates, and help committed Foreign Service candidates prepare for their career.
The second lecture is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies and International Relations programs at the Kennedy Center.
For more information on the lecture, visit the Kennedy Center website at http://kennedy.byu.edu.
Writer: Liesel Enke