The Catholic University of America

Aug. 25, 2006

Professor Antonio F. Perez Joins the Council on Foreign Relations

Antonio F. Perez

Antonio F. Perez, a professor with the CUA Columbus School of Law, was offered and has accepted life membership on the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), an independent, nonpartisan think-tank and research organization that has become a widely known and influential voice in U.S. foreign policy since its founding in 1921. Perez's nomination to the council was approved by the CFR's Board of Directors in summer 2006.

His new membership confers recognition of Perez's wide-ranging expertise in American foreign policy and world affairs. A member of the faculty of The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law since 1993, Perez also is a member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States, to which he was elected in June 2004 at the OAS General Assembly held in Quito, Ecuador, after being nominated by the U.S. State Department.

Perez has published widely in international law topics, including United Nations peacekeeping and use of force, nuclear nonproliferation, international trade, the recognition and enforcement of international judgments and international human rights. His experience before coming to CUA included several years with the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. State Department, where his areas of responsibility included international civil and criminal mutual legal assistance, economic sanctions, peaceful nuclear cooperation and nuclear nonproliferation issues.

The Council on Foreign Relations has no affiliation with the U.S. government or any other government. Its stated mission is to "raise the level of foreign policy awareness by offering timely, unbiased and in-depth coverage of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs to anyone interested." The council's approximately 4,200 members are leaders in government, business, finance, media, academia and a wide range of nonprofit organizations. It conducts briefings, seminars and meetings throughout the year at which world leaders, government officials, academics and other foreign-policy specialists discuss and debate world affairs.

MEDIA: For more information, contact Tom Haederle in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5438.

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· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,