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Consul general of Spain in Chicago will discuss counter-terrorism in April 9 BYU lecture

His Excellency Javier Rupérez will speak at a Global Awareness Lecture on Wednesday, April 9, at noon at the Assembly Hall in the Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center at Brigham Young University. The topic will be "A Spanish View of Counter-Terrorism and International Relations." The public is welcome to attend.

Rupérez was appointed consul general of Spain in Chicago in July 2007, following three years as executive director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate at the Assistant Secretary-General level for the UN.

He previously served as ambassador of Spain to Washington (2000–04); held a number of postings in the diplomatic service of his country, including Addis Ababa, Warsaw, Helsinki and Madrid; served as Spanish Ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE—later OSCE); served as ambassador of Spain to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); and served as Chef de Cabinet to the Minister for Foreign Affairs (1976–77).

His parliamentary experience includes having been deputy and senator in the Spanish Parliament (1979–2000), during a career of public service that began in 1965.

He received degrees in law and journalism from the University of Madrid.

This lecture will be archived online. For more information on David M. Kennedy Center events, see the calendar online at

Writer: Lee Simons


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