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Rokke named to Advisory Council of the U.S. Institute
of Peace

Group seeks peaceful resolutions to international conflict


(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)—Moravian College president, Ervin J. Rokke has been named to the Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace. The Institute is a nonpartisan, independent institution established by Congress to strengthen the nation’s capacity to promote peaceful resolution of international conflicts. The Advisory Council is comprised of national leaders in foreign policy, education, government, industry, and business. The group advises the Institute on a broad range of educational, training, research, and policy development activities.

As a member, Rokke will serve a three-year term. The body will meet two times a year. Rokke recently attended the inaugural meeting of the Council on February 5, in Washington D.C. for a primer on the Institute’s activities and to discuss challenges facing the global community in four critical regions—Iraq, Korea, the Middle East, and South Asia. The main agenda item was a roundtable discussions on critical issues in global affairs at which Institute staff members led discussions involving the crisis of nuclear arms proliferation and the Korean Peninsula; the impending confrontation with Iraq; the Israeli-Palestinian peace process; and the conflict in South Asia.

Richard H. Solomon is the president of the U.S. Institute of Peace for the past 10 years. The Advisory Council is chaired by Chester A. Crocker, chairman of the Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace, and a Schlesinger professor of strategic studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Included among the 33 members of the Council are: Frank Carlucci, former Secretary of Defense and chairman emeritus, The Carlyle Group; Lloyd N. Cutler, senior counsel, Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering; John Gage, chief researcher and director, Science Office, Sun Microsystems, Inc.; Thomas R. Pickering, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and senior vice president, International Relations, The Boeing Company; Pete Wilson, former governor of California, distinguished visiting fellow, Hoover Institute on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University; Frank G. Wisner, vice chairman, American International Group.

Dr. Ervin J. Rokke is President of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1962 and holds master's and doctorate degrees from Harvard University. Dr. Rokke's 35-year military career was distinguished by operational, diplomatic, and academic leadership positions. He retired at the rank of lieutenant general in 1997. He serves on the Council of Foreign Relations.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college.