His Excellency Carlos Westendorp, Spain’s Ambassador to the United States, will discuss the current state of affairs between Spain and the United States and the future of Spain/U.S. relations on Monday, March 21 at 6 p.m., at New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, located at 53 Washington Square South. This event is by invitation only. Press coverage is invited; to make arrangements call Barbara Jester, 212.998.6844; or email: baj1@nyu.edu.

Ambassador Westendorp joined Spain’s Foreign Service in 1965 and has served as Ambassador to the European Community in Brussels (1985-1991) and to the United Nations (1996-97). In 1991 he was appointed Secretary of State for European Affairs and in 1996 he became Spain’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Dr. John Brademas, president emeritus of NYU and president of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, will introduce Ambassador Westendorp. The talk will be follwed by a Q and A, moderated by Dr. Brademas.

The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center was established in April, 1997 at NYU to promote research and teaching on Spain and the Spanish-speaking world at the university, and to mount free public programs for a general audience that highlight the history, politics, and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

The Center’s mission is three-fold: to encourage teaching and research on contemporary Spain and the Spanish-speaking world; to serve as a place of encounter and dialogue among the academic, business, cultural, diplomatic, and political communities of Spain, the U.S., and Latin America; and to help bring the exceptional cultural heritage of the Spanish-speaking world to a wider audience.

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