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Vendrell, former EU Special Rep. to Afghanistan, to speak April 2

Apr 2, 2009 (All day)
Robertson Hall
Bowl 016
Open to the Public

Francesc Vendrell, the Frederick Shultz Class of 1951 Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School and former EU Special Representative to Afghanistan, will present a public talk titled "Afghanistan's Presidential Elections: An Opportunity and a Challenge" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus.

Ambassador Vendrell served as the EU Special Representative to Afghanistan from 2002-2008. Prior to this, he was Special Adviser to the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs during Spain’s EU Presidency. From January 2000 to December 2001, he was Personal Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan (UNSMA). Between 1993 and 2000, Vendrell served as Director for Asia and the Pacific Division in the UN Department of Political Affairs. In this capacity, he was senior advisor to, and subsequently Deputy Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for East Timor, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Cambodia and Papua New Guinea and Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar. In 1992, Ambassador Vendrell served as Senior Political Adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Haiti and Director for Special Political Assignments, including serving as the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Between 1987 and 1992, he was Director for Europe and the Americas in the Office of the Secretary-General and the Secretary General’s Deputy Personal Representative for the Peace Process in Central America, including the Guatemalan, El Salvador and Nicaraguan peace negotiations.

Ambassador Vendrell was Director of Studies at The Hague Academy of International Law, Adjunct Professor of Human Rights and Yale Law School, Adjunct Professor at Rutgers Law School and Lecturer in Constitutional Law at the University of Papua New Guinea.

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


Francesc Vendrell, Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School and former EU Special Representative to Afghanistan