Richard P. Robison, U.S. Foreign Service diplomat assigned to Jordan, will discuss the Persian Gulf war and implications for that country in a lecture at the University of Utah.

Robison will explain pressures on Jordan's Hashemite Kingdom following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait at noon Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Middle East Center, across from the LDS Institute of Religion. The lecture is free to the public."Jordan has suffered considerably since the invasion, primarily due to its support of the Iraqi regime," says Robison. "The Jordanian king faces unquestionably the greatest challenge of his long and generally impressive career. His survival is at stake along with the future of Jordan and the Palestinian people on both the West and East banks."

Robison is a specialist for the State Department's Gulf War Task Force. He was a diplomat at the Kuwait City embassy from 1986 to 1989.