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KEI Spotlight

Rep. Doug Collins Event at University of North Georgia

January 5, 2015

On October 29, KEI hosted a panel discussion at the University of North Georgia (UNG) titled “US, Korea, and Security Concerns for Northeast Asia.” KEI was privileged to have the Honorable Doug Collins, who represents the 9th District of Georgia, which includes UNG, in the US House of Representatives and who serves on the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the Foreign Affairs Committee, offer welcoming remarks to the audience comprised of over 135 local leaders, academics, and students, including Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of UNG. This is the first time that a Member of Congress spoke at one of KEI’s University Programs. The Congressman was joined by KEI Vice President Mark Tokola, East-West Center Director Satu Limaye, and leading academics from UNG.

Representative Collins discussed the importance of the US-ROK alliance and the imperative for Americans to understand the issues affecting US relations with Northeast Asia. Many of those in the audience were Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) students who may be deployed to Asia at some point during their careers. Vice President Tokola, who previously worked in the U.S. State Department for over 38 years, added to the conversation by providing a bird’s eye view of US relations with Korea, Japan, China, and Tawian.

The panel was part of a four-day Georgia tour that also included programs at Georgia State University and LaGrange College.


Pictured from left to right: Nicholas Hamisevicz, Director of Academic Programs and Research, KEI; Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA); Mark Tokola, Vice President, KEI; Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center