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Former US ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine to speak, Oct. 22

Oct 22, 2007 (All day)
Robertson Hall
Bowl 016
Open to the Public

Barbara Bodine, Diplomat-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School and former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, will present a public lecture at the Woodrow Wilson School titled, "Iraq: Cassandra's Curse and Pandora's Box," at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 22, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus.

Barbara Bodine, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen and a career member of the State Department's Senior Foreign Service, is a Diplomat-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Ambassador Bodine spent her 30-year diplomatic career primarily in the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula, including tours as Deputy Principal Officer in Baghdad and Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion and occupation in 1990. Seconded to the Department of Defense in 2003, she served as the first coalition coordinator for post-conflict reconstruction for Baghdad and the central provinces of Iraq.

Bodine previously served as the Robert Wilhelm Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology's Center for International Studies Persian Gulf Initiative, and previously was the director of Harvard's Governance Initiative in the Middle East. Her work focuses on post-conflict political reconstruction, governance and reform, the relationship between security demands and legitimacy requirements, and the regional and global implications of U.S. policy and the political dynamics in the region.

Bodine served as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen from 1997 to 2001, a period that saw increased security and counterterrorism cooperation between that country and the U.S. Among her key achievements were the establishment of a coast guard, resumption of Fulbright scholarships, initiation of a $40 million per year economic assistance and development program, and an indigenous landmine awareness and de-mining program.

In addition to a number of assignments in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Bodine was the Associate Coordinator for Operations and subsequently acting overall Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State, Dean of the School of Professional Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, Director of East African Affairs, and Senior Advisor for International Security Negotiations in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the Department of State.

She is the recipient of several awards, including the State Department's Secretary's Award for Valor, the Secretary's Career Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Service Award.

Bodine is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

This lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It is free and open to the public.

Barbara K. Bodine, Diplomat in Residence; Lecturer of Public Affairs; former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen