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U.K. and China topics for BYU Kennedy Center lecture May 12 and 17

The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University will host a pair of guest lectures Friday, May 12, and Wednesday, May 17, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Frank R. Baker, British Counsellor for Foreign and Security Policy at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., will speak on “UK–U.S. Relations” at a European Studies Lecture Friday, May 12.

Christian M. Marchant, a Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, will discuss the topic, “Will China's Rising Energy Needs Tame the Dragon and Harm Relations with the U.S.?” at a Global Awareness Lecture Wednesday, May 17.

Admission to both lectures is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

Baker has served as a member of the British diplomatic corps for 25 years, with service in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Panama City, Panama, and Ankara, Turkey. Prior to his current appointment, he served as head of the Africa Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

A graduate of BYU in political science, Marchant was previously stationed in Beijing and worked in the Environment, Science, Technology and Health and Political Sections.

Before joining the Foreign Service, Marchant worked for several years on Capitol Hill and in elective politics. He also managed political campaigns in Kentucky, Utah, Delaware, California and Pennsylvania.

Both lectures will be archived online. For more information on Kennedy Center events, visit kennedy.byu.edu.

Writer: Brian Rust

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