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PR # 35 September 23, 2008

FORMER AMBASSADOR BODINE TO SPEAK ON PERSIAN GULF REGION AS PART OF RVCC SERIES

The Humanities, Social Science and Education Department of Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch will continue its series on ?America?s Challenges in the Middle East? with a lecture by Barbara Bodine, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Tuesday, October 21, at 7 p.m. Ambassador Bodine, a lecturer in public policy at Princeton University?s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, will speak on ?Diplomacy and Stability in the Persian Gulf Post-Iraq.?

The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.

Ambassador Bodine teaches courses on the Iraq War and on US diplomacy in the Middle East as it relates to the Persian Gulf region and Southwest Asia. She also serves as Director of the school?s Scholars in the Nation?s Service Initiative, an intern and fellowship program for students pursuing careers in federal service.

Bodine?s over 30 years in the US Foreign Service focused primarily on Arabian Peninsula and greater Persian Gulf issues, specifically US bilateral and regional policy, strategic security issues, counterterrorism, and governance and reform. Her tour as Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen (1997-2001) saw enhanced support for democratization and increased security and counterterrorism cooperation; the establishment of a coast guard; resumption of Fulbright scholarships for Yemeni students; initiation of a $40 million a year economic assistance and development program; and an indigenous landmine awareness and demining program. Ambassador Bodine served as Deputy Principal Officer in Baghdad and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion and occupation in 1990. She also served in Iraq in 2003 as the senior State Department official and the first coalition coordinator for reconstruction in Baghdad and the central governorates.

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

Since leaving the government, Ambassador Bodine has been Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Governance Initiative in the Middle East at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, a Fellow at the School?s Center for Public Leadership and its Institute of Politics, and the Robert Wilhelm Fellow at MIT?s Center for International Studies. She also has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara and continues to lecture at universities and for civic groups across the country and abroad. She is the President of the Mine Awareness Group, America, a global NGO that provides technical expertise for the removal of remnants of conflict worldwide

Ambassador Bodine is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Secretary?s Award for Valor for her work in Occupied Kuwait, the Distinguished Service Award and the Secretary?s Career Achievement Award.

Bodine is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

For additional information, contact Professor Mimi McCarthy Dumville, 908-526-1200, ext. 8302 or mdumvill@raritanval.edu .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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