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Prospects for Taiwan-PRC Peace Under New Leaders

Lecture by former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Raymond Burghardt.

February 20, 2008 4:15pm to February 13, 2008 5:30pm

Raymond Burghardt, Chairman, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT); Director, East-West Seminars, East-West Center; former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam.

Ambassador Raymond Burghardt joined the East-West Center in January 2005 as the Director of East-West Seminars, the Center's division that organizes dialogue and exchange programs. He is the highest-ranking diplomat to join the Center since the 1960s.

In February 2006, the Board of Trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), with the concurrence of Secretary of State Rice, named Ambassador Burghardt Chairman of the AIT board. Burghardt holds the AIT position concurrently with his position at the East-West Center. AIT is the entity established in 1979 to manage U.S. relations with Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties.

Ambassador Burghardt served as the Ambassador to Vietnam from 2001 - 2004. He was formerly in Taipei as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) from 1999-2001. He previously served as Consul General in Shanghai (1997-1999), as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Manila (1993-96) and Seoul (1990-93), and as Political Counselor in Beijing (1987-89).

Ambassador Burghardt's earlier career included an assignment on the National Security Council staff as Special Assistant to President Reagan and Senior Director of Latin American Affairs. He also served at the U.S. Embassies in Honduras and Guatemala. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia before joining the Foreign Service.

Ambassador Burghardt received a B.A. from Columbia College in 1967 and did graduate study at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. He speaks Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.