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NEWS ADVISORY: Update: Burma
WHO:    Shari Villarosa, U.S. Charge D'Affairs in Burma
 
DATE:   Wednesday, October 10, 2007
 
TIME:    11:30 a.m.   News conference in the East-West Center Gallery, Burns Hall 1601 East-West Road

12:00 noon:   Public talk in EWC Burns Hall, room 3015, 1601 East-West Road
           
World attention has been riveted on Burma (Myanmar) in recent weeks as thousands of citizens led by monks peacefully marched through Rangoon and other cities throughout the country. The marches ended with a heavy-handed response from the government. Shari Villarosa, the leading United States diplomat in Burma, will give a public talk at the East-West Center on Wednesday, October 10 at 12:00 noon at the EWC Burns Hall, room 3015.

Preceding her talk she will meet with members of the media in the East-West Center gallery at 11:30 a.m.

This gathering provides an opportunity for the media and those interested to hear first hand about the events in Burma in recent weeks.
 
Background:

Shari Villarosa became Chargé d'Affaires of our Embassy in Rangoon, Burma on August 31, 2005. She previously served as Director of Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore Affairs in the Department of State’s East Asia and Pacific Bureau, Economic Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia and Chargé d'Affaires of our new Embassy in Dili, East Timor.

Shari has served in a variety of jobs in Washington and overseas over the course of her Foreign Service career.  Her other overseas assignments have been in Songkhla, Thailand; Brasilia, Brazil; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogota, Colombia. Her assignments at the State Department in Washington have been as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs; Deputy Director of the Office of Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam Affairs; Singapore and Indonesia desk officer; and in the Office of Investment Affairs. In addition, she spent a year at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii as Diplomat-in-Residence.

Shari graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in International Studies. She also has a law degree from William and Mary. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, and Indonesian.

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The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S.Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.