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Baton Rouge Joins 60-City Live Program with Former U.S. Secretary of State

Madeleine Albright will join audiences in more than 60 cities and towns by live broadcast for a “town hall” meeting on the U.S.-China relationship

10/22/2013 03:21 PM

BATON ROUGE – The U.S.-China relationship is in the news nearly every day for economic, political, environmental and other reasons. To help Americans understand this dynamic relationship and answer their questions on the issues, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations will conduct the seventh annual China Town Hall, Local Connections, National Reflections featuring a live webcast and Q&A with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, broadcast to more than 60 venues nationwide on Monday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. CDT.

LSU International Studies, along with Asian Studies and LSU Libraries, will host the webcast beginning at 5:45 p.m. in room 103 of the Design Building, LSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Albright’s discussion and responses to questions submitted by the nationwide audience will be moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.
Following the national portion of the program, each venue will have a prominent China specialist on site to address topics of interest to the local community, including economics and trade, energy and the environment, security and other issues. The local speaker at LSU will be Randy Schriver of Armitage Interntional LLC.

Albright was appointed the 64th, and first female, Secretary of State in 1997. At the time, she was the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. She is now chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.

Schriver is one of five founding partners of Armitage International LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in international business development and strategies. He is also CEO and president of the Project 2049 Institute, a non- profit research organization dedicated to the study of security trend lines in Asia, and a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and as Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. Prior to his work at the State Department, he served for four years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense responsible for the day-to-day management of U.S. bilateral relations with the People’s Liberation Army, and the bilateral security & military relationships with Taiwan.

Prior to his civilian service, he served as an active duty Navy Intelligence Officer for nearly three years (1989-91), and he served in the Navy Reserves for nine years (1991-2000), including service as an attaché at the U.S. Embassy Beijing (1997) and U.S. Embassy Ulaanbaatar (1996).

The National Committee on United States-China Relations is the leading national, non-partisan public affairs organization devoted exclusively to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China.

For more information, contact Joseph Weed, director of communications for the National Committee on United States-China Relations, at 212-645-9677, ext. 11;; or visit For information about the event at LSU, contact Leonard Ray, director of the International Studies Program at LSU, at

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