"Up to the Minute" Panel at WWS to Discuss WikiLeaks, Tuesday, December 14
Audience:Open to the Public
The Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) will host a panel discussion titled "WikiLeaks: Woodrow Wilson School Ambassadors Weigh In," at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14 in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. This discussion is part of the School's "Up to the Minute" series that focuses on world events as they occur. A public reception will follow the talk in the Bernstein gallery.
The panel will feature Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Director of the School's Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative, and former U.S. ambassador to Yemen; Ambassador Robert Finn, Lecturer of Public and International Affairs, Research Associate at Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, and former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan; and Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, the S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies, and former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt.
Ambassador Bodine is also the director of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative, a WWS program that encourages and supports students committed to careers in federal public service through scholarships, intensive language training, internships, fellowships and mentoring. Bodine served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen from 1997 to 2001. She also served in Baghdad as Deputy Principal Officer during the Iran-Iraq War, Kuwait as Deputy Chief of Mission during the Iraqi invasion and occupation of 1990-1991, and again, seconded to the Department of Defense, in Iraq in 2003 as the senior State Department official and the first coalition coordinator for reconstruction in Baghdad and the Central governorates.
Ambassador Finn served as the first U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan in more than 20 years, from March 2002 until August 2003. He had also been the Ertegun Professor at Princeton, after serving as U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan from 1998 to 2001. His other diplomatic postings include Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, Turkey; Lahore, Pakistan; and Zagreb, Croatia. He opened the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan in 1992. From 2005-2008 he was also a lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.
Ambassador Kurtzer served from 2001-2005 as the United States Ambassador to Israel and from 1997-2001 as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. He served as a political officer at the American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv, Deputy Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs, speechwriter on the Policy Planning Staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research. He crafted the 1988 peace initiative of Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and in 1991 served as a member of the U.S. peace team that brought about the Madrid Peace Conference. Subsequently, he served as coordinator of the multilateral peace negotiations and as the U.S. Representative in the Multilateral Refugee Working Group.
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