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Baltic republic represented in fourth session of Hoover diplomat training program
STANFORD -- Representatives from three of the Baltic republics have joined diplomats from Eastern and Central Europe in the fourth session of the Hoover Institution's Diplomat Training Program.
Veiko Jurisson of Estonia, Janis Karklinch and Guntis Valujevs of Latvia, and Petras Austrevicius and Darius Jurgelevicius of Lithuania join 11 other government officials from Bulgaria, the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania. The session began in late March and will conclude in early June.
"We're very pleased to include diplomats from the Baltic republics in the program. It's an appropriate and timely development as those newly independent countries build and expand foreign ministries in their new governments," said Associate Director Richard Sousa, who oversees the program.
The training program is designed to equip young diplomats for the future by exposing them to the academic and intellectual resources of the Hoover Institution and Stanford University. The program introduces them to Western political and academic perspectives on economic, diplomatic, and social issues and to American culture.
Participants attend a seminar series at Hoover and formal classes at Stanford. They also visit private businesses in California and take time for recreation by visiting such attractions as Yosemite National Park. At the conclusion of the session, they spend one week in Washington, D.C., where they have an opportunity to meet U.S. government officials and political leaders.
Sousa is assisted by Research Assistant Dana Harris in administration of the program. Senior Fellow Charles McLure, National Fellow Valdimir Sambiaew and historian Bertrand Patenaude coordinate the academic session.
Participants in the current session are:
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