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Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Good progress has been made on the Bali conference. We will have some exciting announcements to be made in the next few weeks on the conference program. I can share some highlights with you now.
Election Commissioner Rex Bora has agreed to lead a panel discussion on the upcoming Philippine elections. The Philippines will have elections for President and Parliament in 2010. Several IAPC members are already working in the Philippines and there are many opportunities for involvement of other members. In addition, the Philippines will be adopting an automated system of voting for the 2010 which will provide a fascinating case study as well as potential opportunities for our members.
Los Angeles Times syndicated columnist Tom Plate has agreed to lead a discussion on the role of media in the modern world. Mr. Plate's columns are syndicated in leading newspapers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Tokyo and South Korea as well as in the US. He teaches a panel of courses on Asia's media and politics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is widely regarded as an expert on the Pacific Rim. We are filling out this panel now but you can also expect to hear from some well known journalists with experience in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Elections are changing around the world. In the US, the rush to get at the head of the line in the Presidential selection process may see the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary moved to early January - possibly even December in the case of Iowa. Many countries are experimenting with the use of Internet voting. New voting devices are changing how elections are conducted all over the world. Paul DeGregorio, Chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and an international expert on elections has agreed to lead a discussion on how technological and legal changes are impacting elections world- wide. He will be joined by other international experts in this important discussion.
In the next few weeks we will be announcing other important and well- known speakers from Asia, Europe and the Americas. This IAPC conference will help frame The Asian Century for all our members. Don't miss out. Register today. Just go to the conference website and log on to www.iapcbali2007.com to register.
And Bali to Boot.
In addition to one of the most outstanding programs we've had in some years this conference will also introduce you to Bali, Indonesia. Bali is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Our hotel, the Grand Hyatt, has spectacular beaches, spacious rooms and great security. The staff is attentive and friendly. Our hosts have arranged many side trips for sightseeing, shopping and exploration of the rich Balinese culture. www.iapcbali2007.com
As you probably know, Indonesia is the largest Muslim country and the third largest democracy in the world. There is no better place on the planet for us to explore the emerging role of Asia and the future of Islam and democracy. Register today at www.iapcbali2007.com.
PLEASE SEND ME YOUR NOMINEES FOR THE DEMOCRACY MEDAL. I WILL SEND OUT BALLOTS TO ALL MEMBERS BY 15 SEPTEMBER SO I NEED ANY NOMINATIONS NO LATER THAN 12 SEPTEMBER.
I look forward to seeing you in Bali.