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08/19/93

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Former Ambassador Armacost to be visiting professor at Stanford

STANFORD -- Michael H. Armacost, former U.S. ambassador to Japan and the Philippines, will join Stanford University in September as a visiting professor with the university's Asia/Pacific Research Center for the 1993-94 year.

Armacost, ambassador to Japan from 1989 until earlier this year, has devoted the past 25 years to developing U.S. policy in Asia. The government posts he has held include senior staff member for Asia at the National Security Council (1977-78), deputy secretary of defense for international security affairs (1978-79), ambassador to the Philippines (1982-84) and undersecretary of state for political affairs (1984-89).

Armacost has also been active in the academic arena and has published two books, The Politics of Weapons Innovation and The Foreign Relations of the United States. After earning his master's and doctorate from Columbia, he served as a professor at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., held a visiting associate professorship at the International Christian University in Tokyo and was named a White House Fellow.

At the Asia/Pacific Research Center, a branch of the Stanford Institute for International Studies, Armacost will conduct his own research and participate in ongoing research projects, said Dan Okimoto, faculty co- director of the center. "These projects include studies on the regionalization of Asia, U.S.-Japan relations and the political economy of Japan," Raphael said.

In addition, Armacost plans to serve as a guest lecturer in various classes and hopes to interact with graduate and undergraduate students who have an interest in public policy in Asia.

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