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Release Date: September 30, 2003

Diplomat to Address Globalization Issues at ASU

Michael Ely, a former deputy ambassador to the European communities in Brussels, will speak on "Globalization: Hard Choices" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Davidson Conference Center of the Houston Harte University Center at Angelo State University.

Ely, who has more than 25 years of U.S. diplomatic experience with a specialty in international business and globalization, will offer insight into the increasing phenomenon of globalization as well as such related issues as NAFTA. In addition to his public lecture, Ely will speak to ASU classes in several academic departments Oct. 9-10.

For the past six years Ely has worked as a senior reviewer for the State Department's Systematic Declassification Project of diplomatic documents produced prior to 1975. He has been a senior adviser for the Department of Commerce's Foreign Trade Administration. He also served four years as executive vice president of the Jean Monnet Council, a non-profit organization seeking greater understanding between the United States and the European Union.

During his three years from 1987-90 as deputy ambassador to the European communities, he supervised 20 diplomats working on trade disputes, antitrust agreements, scientific cooperation, social and tax policy, macroeconomic analysis and economic assistance to the former Soviet Union as well as Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

He served two years as minister for economic affairs in Tokyo and was a diplomat-in-residence for a year at St. Thomas University in Houston. He served from 1975-80 with the State Department as director of economic research for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and director of monetary affairs for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.

Ely holds a bachelor's degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a master of public administration in economics from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ely's visit and lecture are jointly sponsored by the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, the Department of Government, the Department of Management and Marketing and the University Center Program Council.

For additional information, contact Dr. Roberto M. Garza in the ASU Government Department, (325) 942-2262, Ext. 276.