FVR off to US for US-Asia Relations Conference

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MANILA, Philippines - Former President Fidel V. Ramos will leave this Monday for a 10-day trip to the United States which will bring him to Promo, Utah to deliver a lecture at the First Annual Wheatley International Affairs Conference; to Norfolk, Virginia to dialogue with the Board of Trustees of the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation (GDMF) of which he is an honorary Trustee, and to Atlanta, Georgia and San Diego, California for a series of meetings with Filipino-American communities and business roundtables.Sponsored by the Wheatley Institution and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, the 3-day Wheatley International Affairs Conference will be held at the Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah. With the theme: "The Rise of Asia,'' the conference will host two major lectures, one by FVR and the other, by foreign relations specialist and president of the Honolulu-based Pacific Forum (Center for Strategic International Studies), Dr. Ralph Cossa.The BYU delegates will also participate in a series of interactive discussions on critical issues and developments in East and South Asian countries and formulate recommendations for shaping US foreign policy toward them.The Wheatley Institution (now headed by Jack Wheatley, USMA Class 1950 graduate, veteran, property developer, former Palo Alto City mayor and current co-chairman of the BYU Presidents Leadership Council), is known for its powerful and creative ideas which provide constructive approaches and solutions to critical foreign relations issues. Its contribution and influence continue to expand through dissemination of the results of applied research and scholarly products, exchange of academic leaders, and high-level conferences.FVR will visit the GDMF in the historic city of Norfolk, Virginia, upon invitation of its Board of Trustees and its executive director, Ret. Col. William Davis. GDMF is a non-profit organization established in the old city hall and "plaza'' of Norfolk some 48 years ago to commemorate the life and achievements of General Douglas MacArthur. …