The Atlanta-based EU Center of the University System of Georgia and the Athens-based European Center of the University of Georgia are collaborating on a luncheon and roundtable discussion to be held Tuesday, June 8, concerning the Kosovo crisis.

Entitled, “The Crisis in Kosovo: American, European Union and Russian Perspectives,” part of the discussion is to consider the reconstruction of Yugoslavia.  The event is to be held from noon-2 p.m. at the Wardlaw Center, 177 North Avenue, on the Georgia Tech campus.

Lt. Gen. David L. (Dan) Benton III, a native of Atlanta and recently retired from 33 years military service in the U.S. Army, and Dimitri K. Simes, founding president of the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom, are to participate as panelists.

Gen. Benton is to provide an American view of the crisis.  As chief of staff for the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, he supervised the planning efforts for U.S. forces deployment into Bosnia, for the Kosovo Monitoring Force and for numerous humanitarian relief operations in Africa.

Mr. Simes is to provide a Russian view. He served as an informal foreign policy advisor to President Nixon and as chairman of the Center for Russian and Eurasian Programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The representative for the European view was still to be announced as of press time last week.

Cost to attend is $40. Co-sponsoring organizations include the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy (CISTP) and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, both at Georgia Tech, the Metro Altanta Chamber of the Georgia Council for International Visitors Commerce and its Military Affairs Council and the Georgia Council for International Visitors.

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