DUBUQUE, Iowa — Loras College, a four-year Catholic liberal arts college, will host alumnus and foreign relations expert Paul Heer, Ph.D. He will present “The Future of U.S. Relations with East Asia” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2 in Ballroom A in the Alumni Campus Center.
The presentation will focus on a range of diplomatic, military, and trade challenges facing the United States in its relations with East Asian countries such as North Korea, China, and Japan. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, Heer will spend two days on the Loras College campus visiting classes and meeting with students.
Heer, a 1981 graduate of Loras College and an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, spent several decades as an intelligence analyst with the CIA and served as national intelligence officer for East Asia from 2007 to 2015.
A career officer of the CIA, Heer began that career in 1983 as a political and foreign policy analyst on southeast Asia before specializing on China as an analyst and analytic manager. He served on the staff of the President’s Daily Brief, and as a member of the CIA’s Senior Analytic Service and the Senior Intelligence Service. He is a recipient of the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.
Heer was the visiting intelligence fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1999-2000 and was subsequently elected a life member of the Council. He was the Robert E. Wilhelm fellow at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2015-2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Loras College (from which he received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007); a master’s degree in history from the University of Iowa; and a doctorate degree in diplomatic history from The George Washington University.
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Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.