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March 11, 2008

Former Middle East ambassador to speak at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Walter L. Cutler, twice U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, will visit the Birmingham-Southern College campus March 12 and 13. He will speak on “America, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East: Facing New Realities” on March 13 in the BSC Norton Campus Center Theatre at 11 a.m.

On March 12, he will speak to students about the foreign service as a career in the BSC Library Wood Room at 3:30 p.m. At this time, he will comment on the career of the Hon. Alfred Leroy Atherton, who offered a seminar on conflict and diplomacy in the Middle East during several BSC January Interim terms and subsequently donated a portion of both his personal library and his papers to Birmingham-Southern

Cutler was not only twice ambassador to Saudi Arabia, but also ambassador to Tunisia and Zaire. He was ambassador-designate to Khomeini's Iran before diplomatic relations were broken. In addition to a previous assignment to Iran, he served in Algeria, Cameroon, Korea, and Vietnam. He was also Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations and Staff Assistant to the Secretary of State.

Cutler was recently appointed to the Board of Layalina Productions, a non-profit corporation founded in 2002 to produce thoughtful Arabic-language television programming for broadcast in the Arab world. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs.

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