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FVR to Attend Launch of Own Biography In The U.S.
FVR TO U.S. BOOKLAUNCH AND EMERGING MARKETS GLOBAL FORUM Former President Fidel V. Ramos leaves on Saturday, 24 September 2011, for a 17-day trip to the United States to co-chair and address the 6th Global Meeting of the Emerging Markets Forum (EMF) in Warrenton, Virginia and attend the launching of the book ? ?Trustee of A Nation,? a biography of FVR, in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia, and San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other cities in California. FVR will also address various forums, deliver lectures in several leading universities, and dialogue with Fil-Am community and veterans in these cities. The Emerging Markets Forum (EMF) is a non-profit organization established in 2005, upon initiative of the Washington-based Centennial Group, a policy-consultancy firm led by former top executives of the IMF and World Bank. The EMF which holds a global meeting and several regional meetings every year, serves the need for a venue for quality research and high-level dialogue on socio-economic and political issues affecting emerging markets. It also presents practical recommendations and influences leaders and decision-makers to act upon them. The EMF is co-chaired by Michel Camdessus, former IMF Managing Director; Haruhiko Kuroda, ADB President; Enrique Garcia, President/CEO of the Development Bank of Latin America and FVR. Focus of the 3-day global meeting to be held at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, Virginia, will be the ?Enhancement of Latin American and Asian Economic Links?, ?Reform of the International Monetary System,? and the ?Role of Europe in the Global Economy?. Expected to attend the ?by-invitation-only? event are government leaders, heads of central banks, monetary authorities, multilateral institutions, think-tankers, and eminent academics from some 35 countries. The author of ?Trustee of A Nation,? Dr. W. Scott Thompson, is Professor Emeritus at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in Massachusetts and a former White House Fellow and Assistant to the Secretary of Defense during the Reagan Administration. Thompson, who obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political History at Stanford University and Doctorate in International Politics at Oxford University, was a founding member of the United States Institute of Peace. He has published a score of books including: ?Rapid Economic Growth and Political Conflict in Southeast Asia? (1998); ?Coming out in Reagan Days? (1995); ?Philippines in Crisis? (1992), and ?Ethnic Conflict in Southeast Asia? (2005). He is a regular contributor to several Asian and American newspapers, and has published articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Orbis. Commenting on why he undertook the project which took him some 7 years to complete and the perspective from which it was written, Dr. Thompson said ?If we argue that ?history is the biography of its leaders?, then we have the beginning of an answer to why Fidel V. Ramos deserves at least one author?s serious attempt to do justice to the great benefits he brought his country and region. It is always tempting for biographers to find angels and devils, but the truth is always more complicated? The reader will have to make his own assessment of whether its subject is worthy of the appraisal ? and blinking admiration ? found herein.? ?The Philippines as shaped in the era of Eddie Ramos was no accident, but the result of ongoing diligence, preparation, and a transcendence to forces outside and greater than himself ???? ?the long patience of the soldier,? indeed ? that kept him quietly determined and humble but enabled him to tame the worst national storms ever, and to push that movement astonishingly toward making his country, the Philippines, regain a place of respect, dignity and even admiration in the community of nations?? National Artist for Literature, F. Sionil Jose who reviewed Thompson?s work said : ?A virtuoso performance! Scott Thompson?s biography of the Filipino soldier and statesman, Fidel V. Ramos, illustrates the fascinating and complex geography of Filipino politics and its relation with the American hegemon. It?s first rate scholarship and equally first rate writing.? The book launch which is supported by various Filipino-American groups and educational institutions will take place at the Heritage Foundation Building in Washington, D.C.; Philippine Center in New York; San Francisco Main Public Library; San Diego World Trade Center, as well as other venues in Atlanta, Los Angeles and other cities in California. FVR will also deliver lectures on RP-Asia-U.S. and ASEAN-China relations, regional economic cooperation initiatives and Asia-Pacific security at the Johns Hopkins University (School of Advance International Studies) in Washington, D.C., Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and Seton Hall University in New Jersey. As part of the continuing ?Book Donation Program? of the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV) which FVR chairs, he will donate a core set of about 30 books each on Philippine history, culture, foreign policy, governance, tourism and economy at the universities he will visit as well as at the public libraries in the above-mentioned cities. Additional books will also be given to update the sets previously donated to the Philippine Embassy/Consulates in the aforesaid areas. As he usually does in foreign tripe, FVR will meet with large Filipino communities: in Washington, headed by Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr.; in New York, led by Consul General Mario de Leon; in Atlanta, led by Honorary Consul General Raoul Donato; in San Francisco, led by Consul General Marciano Paynor and FILCOM leader Mario Panoringan; in Los Angeles, led by Consul General Mary Jo Aragon; and in San Diego, with Honorary Trade Attach? Glenn Barroga. As Chair of RPDEV and as member of the governing/advisory boards of other international economic and strategic forums, FVR pursues his commitment to people empowerment, environmental protection, socio-economic diplomacy, democratic governance, and Asia-Pacific security, in order to attract investments, trade, tourism, technology exchange and other forms of cooperation beneficial to the Asia-Pacific region in general and to the Philippines in particular ? at no expense to the government. FVR will be back on October 12, 2011.
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