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Peter Kovach: UCLA's Diplomat in Residence

Peter Kovach: UCLA's Diplomat in Residence

Imaging Asia: Reflections on public diplomacy from Korea to Islamabad

Peter Kovach, Visiting Professor and Diplomat in Residence at UCLA’s Department of Public Policy, spoke recently on his experiences as a diplomat, scholar, and journalist living and traveling from Yemen to the Pacific Islands.  His talk examined the fusion of cultures in the context of geography and geopolitics in history, focusing on India, China and Vietnamas well as on genetic truths and Japanese self-image.

Peter Kovach is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and holds the rank of Minister-Counselor. He is currently  Diplomat in Residence at UCLA serving all of Southern California. He served recently as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan; Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; and Director of the State Department's three Foreign Press Centers.  He has  served overseas in Tokyo, Japan; Amman, Jordan; Rabat, Morocco; Manama, Bahrain; and Sanaa, Yemen.

Peter Kovach is on campus, ready and willing to talk to groups or individuals about careers in the State Department. He can be contacted at

(310) 825-0007

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