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Lattana Thavonsouk, Institute of Foreign Affairs, Laos

Dr. Lattana THAVONSOUK

Deputy Director General

Institute of Foreign Affairs

  

Lattana?Thavonsouk has been with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) since graduation, starting out as Desk Officer at the Consular Department. A 4-year stint as Attaché at the Lao Embassy in Budapest, Hungary, followed, after which he was appointed Desk Officer for three Department in MOFA successively, namely Europe and America, Asia-Pacific, and finally ASEAN. In 1997, he became Second Secretary at the Lao Embassy in Manila. In 2001, he was appointed Director and Analysis Division of Cabinet under the supervision of the Permanent Secretary of MOFA, Minister Councellor, Lao Embassy in New Delhi and then Deputy Director General of IFA as current position. Fluent in English, French and Russsian, he has published amongst others, in Lao language “ The Fundamental Issues of the Asia-Pacific Region in the Cold War Era”,”Islam and Terrorism”,”China-Japan Relations”, “ The concept of development”, and “ Theory of International Relations”. He holds a Bachelor Degree in International Relations (1985) from Russia, a Master Degree in Public Policy (1994) from National University of Singapore and Doctoral Degree in Social Development (2001) from the University of the Philippines. He also received diplomatic training from the Institute of External Relations (1992) in New Delhi, Diploma on Professional Training Program, China Foreign Affairs University (2003), Institute of International Relations of Vietnam(2003), l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris, France (2005) and Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies,Hawaii,USA.?Lattana?also teaches international relations at the National University of Laos.