Barbara Bodine, First Head Of Reconstruction In Baghdad, To Speak At CCNY March 5

Ambassador Barbara K. Bodine, a veteran diplomat and the first reconstruction coordinator for Baghdad after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, will speak about her unique experiences in that country 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Room 1/203 of the North Academic Center at The City College of New York (CCNY).

Her two-hour public lecture, “The United States and Iraq: Cassandra’s Curse and Pandora’s Box,” is sponsored by The Master’s Program in International Relations (MPIR) in CCNY’s Division of Social Sciences.

“Ambassador Bodine will offer a chilling critical account of the early days of the occupation, drawing from her experiences as the Coalition Provisional Authority’s first coordinator for reconstruction in Baghdad,” said MPIR Director, Professor Bruce Cronin.

“After trying in vain to bring order and planning to the reconstruction process, she was abruptly dismissed from her post just before the entire project began to crumble,” Professor Cronin added. “These experiences provide her with a unique perspective on the U.S. war in Iraq and the policy implications for the U.S. in the Middle East.”

Her experiences were graphically recounted in the award-winning documentary, “No End in Sight” (2007), a look at the Bush Administration’s conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of that country.

Ambassador Bodine is currently a lecturer and diplomat-in-residence at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She was a career member of the State Department’s Foreign Service who was brought in to govern Baghdad immediately following the 2003 invasion.

Prior to her appointment, she had served more than 30 years as a diplomat, mostly on the Arabian Peninsula. Her many posts included Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen (1997-2001), Deputy Chief of Mission to Kuwait during the first Gulf War and Deputy Principal Officer in Baghdad during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.

She also held a number of assignments within the State Department, including Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Director of East African Affairs, and Senior Advisor for International Security Negotiations and Agreements in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

Ambassador Bodine earned a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies, magna cum laude, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also has an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. City College is located at 138th Street and Convent Avenue, Manhattan. For more information on the lecture, contact Professor Bruce Cronin at (212) 650-5844.

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