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U.Va.’s Institute For Global Policy Research To Feature Mohinder Bhagat, Final Speaker In Series On Peace Keeping

April 4, 2000 -- The Institute for Global Policy Research at the University of Virginia will present the final speaker April 19 in its 1999-2000 lecture series, which is free and open to the public.

Mohinder Bhagat, currently deputy advisor to Secretary General Kofi Annan in the United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations, will discuss his experiences in Somalia and at U.N. Headquarters in the Dome Room of the Rotunda at 2 p.m.

Bhagat's visit, arranged under the institute’s "Leadership for Keeping the Peace" program, was coordinated by Maj. Gen. Indar Jit Rikhye, a pioneer in international peace keeping operations and training, and a senior research fellow at the institute.

Bhagat, 54, received an extensive military education in India and twice served as instructor at the College of Combat in Mhow. He has commanded two infantry battalions and a mountain division.

Now a brigadier general, he began his service in United Nations peace keeping as commander of an independent Indian infantry brigade group and of the Indian contingent in UNOSOM II in Somalia from August 1993 to December 1994. His area of command, the largest sector in the force, covered 173,000 square miles with 7,000 troops.

Bhagat was appointed deputy military advisor to the U.N. secretary general in 1996.

For more information, contact Ambassador W. Nathaniel Howell, director of the Institute for Global Policy Research at (804) 924-3773 or wnh@virginia.edu.

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (804) 924-6858

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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