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Feb. 26, 2008

Former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan will speak at March 3 International Mondays

Wendy J. Chamberlin, president of the Middle East Institute (MEI) and former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, will present "Creating a Secure, Stable Middle East: Is There An American Role?" at the next International Mondays lecture, noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 3, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

During the presentation Chamberlin will address the challenges and opportunities for U.S. foreign policy in the greater Middle East. Michael Kraig, director of policy analysis and dialogue at the Stanley Foundation in Muscatine, Iowa, will moderate the discussion.

Chamberlin is a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service and was U.S. ambassador to Pakistan from 2001 to 2002. During her tenure in Islamabad, she played a key role in Pakistan's cooperation for the U.S.-led campaign against al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan following the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. She has extensive experience in counter-terrorism, having served as director of global affairs and counter-terrorism at the National Security Council from 1991 to 1993 and as deputy in the Bureau of International Counter-Narcotics and Law Programs from 1999 to 2001.

As assistant administrator in the Asia-Near East Bureau for the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2002 to 2004, Ambassador Chamberlin directed civilian reconstruction programs in Iraq and Afghanistan and development assistance programs in the Middle East and East Asia.

Other assignments included U.S. ambassador to the Laos People's Democratic Republic from 1996 to 1999, director of press and public affairs for the Near East Bureau from 1991 to 1993, deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur from 1993 to 1996, Arab-Israeli Affairs from 1982 to 1984 and other postings in Morocco, Pakistan, Malaysia, Laos and Zaire.

Prior to joining MEI, Chamberlin served as deputy high commissioner for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from 2004 to 2006, where she supervised the administration of humanitarian operations with a budget of $4 billion.

This International Mondays lecture is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Stanley Foundation, the Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council.

For more information on the lecture, the International Mondays series, or special accommodations to attend the lecture, contact Amy Green, International Programs outreach secretary, at 319-335-1433 or

University of Iowa International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

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