Former U.S. Ambassador and Veteran Diplomat to Deliver Convocation

November 1, 2010
By Keenan Hartert '13

Michael Armacost, Carleton Class of 1958 and Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University, will deliver the weekly convocation address at Carleton College on Friday, November 5 beginning at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. During a stellar twenty-four year governmental career, Armacost has served as undersecretary of state for political affairs and as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and the Philippines. He was a key force in helping The Philippines undergo a non-violent transition to democracy and also continued to improve Japanese-American relations during his term as ambassador, an appointment widely considered to be one of the most sensitive and important U.S. posts abroad.Armacost’s presentation, entitled “How Should We Think About China? Threat? Partner? Competitor? Wake-Up Call?,” is free and open to the public.

Thanks to his many international experiences, Armacost is considered to be one of the great contemporary experts on U.S. relations with northeast Asia. Between 1995 and 2002, Armacost served as president of Washington D.C.'s Brookings Institution, the nation's oldest think tank and a leader in research on politics, government, international affairs, economics, and public policy.

Armacost is the author of numerous books, including "Friends or Rivals?” (Columbia University Press, 1996), which draws on his tenure as ambassador to Japan and considers the future dealings of the United States with this extremely important trading partner and ally. He also co-authored "The Future of America's Alliances in Northeast Asia," (Asia-Pacific Research Network, 2004), which examines the similarities and differences of America’s alliances with Japan and South Korea.

After graduating from Carleton College in 1958 with a degree in International Relations, Armacost earned his Masters and Doctorate in Public Law and Government from Columbia University. Over his extensive tenure, Armacost has received several notable honors, including the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Grand Cordon, from the Japanese government for his service.

The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located on First and College Streets in Northfield. For more information regarding the convocation, please contact the Office of College Relations at (507) 222-4309.