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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:04 PM
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Ambassador Parsan of Trinidad and Tobago Lectures
on Contemporary Issues and International Affairs

WASHINGTON (September 16, 2013) – Dr. Neil Parsan, ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States, is providing four lectures for Howard University Graduate School’s Contemporary Issues on International Affairs forum on Thursday, Sept. 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3, in the Graduate School room 205 at 7 p.m.

Ambassador Parsan will present the lectures: “Cultural Diplomacy” on Sept. 12, “The Future of Diplomacy in a Digital Era” on Sept. 19, “The Role of Sports Diplomacy as a Tool of Soft Power” on Sept. 26, and “Regional Integration: The Caribbean Experience” on Oct. 3.

The Contemporary Issues on International Affairs forum is a broad introduction to the key theories, concepts and issues in international affairs. It begins with a history of international organizations and then uses historical foundations to understand contemporary events and issues, including: gender and global issues, migration and the African Diaspora, European and Middle Eastern relations, conflict and cooperation, strategy of arms control, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism. This forum represents the core requirement for the Certificate in International Studies.

In recognition of an increased interest in international studies at Howard University and the broader national and international communities, and in acknowledgment of Howard University’s commitment to increasing global competencies, Howard University Graduate School has established the Graduate Certificate in International Studies.

Dr. Parsan has served as ambassador to the United States of America and the United Mexican States and permanent representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the Organization of American States since Feb. 7, 2011. He has served as a director of several companies. He is presently a director at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and vice president of the Private Hospital Association of Trinidad and Tobago. He is a member of the Honorary International Committee on HIV/AIDS on Capitol Hill, serves on the board of advisors of the National Student Leadership Foundation of the USA, and is a member of the National Visitors Center International Program.

For more information, contact Kamla Deonauth, Ph.D., Director of Certificate Programs,
Howard University Graduate School, at or call 202.806.5936


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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