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January 27, 1998
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The 1998 Johns Hopkins Symposium on Foreign Affairs
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Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) has represented Maryland's Third Congressional District in Congress since 1987. Currently, he is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and serves on the Health Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission).

Taiwanese Ambassador Steven Chen heads the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (the effective Embassy of Taiwan) in the United States. He was born in Nanjing, China, and served the Republic of China early in his diplomatic career. Many of these posts concerned Chinese interests in Latin America. For the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has served as vice minister, and as deputy secretary-general for the Office of the President.

Russian Ambassador Yuli M. Vorontsov has served as ambassador from the USSR to India, France, and Afghanistan. He headed the Soviet delegation to the Belgrade meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. In 1990, Vorontsov was appointed the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN and representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Security Council. In 1994, he became the ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States. Today he serves as adviser to President Boris N. Yeltsin on Foreign Affairs, as well.

Congressman Robert Ehrlich (R-MD) was elected in 1994 to the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently serves on the House Budget Committee and the Banking and Financial Services Committee. He was given the Exceptional Legislator Award during the 104th Congress by the American Health Care Association.

Pakistani Ambassador Riaz Khokhar was assigned to the Office of the Prime Minister and worked directly under Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto from 1974 to 1977. He participated in bilateral meetings with the Shah of Iran and with President Daud of Afghanistan to resolve border problems. He also served as the ambassador to Bangladesh and Bhutan as well as Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Defense under Prime Ministers Bhutto, Jatoi, and Sharif. Finally, he participated in several rounds of foreign secretary and defense secretary level talks between Pakistan and India on Kashmir and Siachen. Today he serves as Pakistan's ambassador to the United States.

Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD). A son of Greek immigrants, Sarbanes graduated magna cum laude with a Rhodes scholarship from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. He served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and in 1976 was elected to the United States Senate. He is a ranking member on the Senate Committee on the Budget and also serves on the Joint Economic Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee. This past summer his efforts were instrumental in preventing stipulations in the controversial Helms-Biden Bill, calling for a potential withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations, from passing.

Israeli Ambassador Eliahu Ben Elissar began his diplomatic career as a delegate to the World Zionist Congress and Director-General for the Prime Minister's Office. In 1977, he served as the head of Israel's first delegation to the Mena House talks in Cairo. Three years later he became Israel's first ambassador to Egypt, and then a member of Knesset in 1981. In 1991, he became a member of Israel's delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference, and finally a member of Israel's delegation to the UN General Assembly. Today, he serves as Israel's ambassador to the United States.

Mexican Ambassador Jesus Reyes-Heroles has served as the Mexican envoy to the United States since October 1997. Previously, he has been Mexico's energy minister and as director general in the Ministry of Finance. He has also been the chief executive officer of Mexico's infrastructural development bank. Heroles has been a professor of economics at Universidad Iberoamericana, one of Latin America's primary universities.

Japanese Ambassador Kunihiko Saito entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1958. He has since served as counselor for the Permanent Mission of Japan to the European Communities, director general of the Treaties Bureau and as vice- minister for Foreign Affairs. In 1995, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America where he has been a leading figure in Japanese-US relations and in United Nations Security Council enlargement.

Former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake served as national security advisor to President Clinton from 1993 to 1996. Most recently he served as a senior foreign policy advisor to the Clinton/Gore campaign. Clinton characterizes Lake as the point man of our foreign policy team ... in moments of crisis, in times of triumph, he has always been at my side. His state department career included assignments as U.S. vice consul in Saigon and vice consul in Hue. Lake also served as an aide to Henry Kissinger and as director of policy planning for President Carter in 1977. Lake is the author of several books, including Somoza Falling, Our Own Worst Enemy: The Unmaking of American Foreign Policy and The Tar Baby Option.

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