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March 17, 2009

Former Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman to lecture at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—David J. Dunford, the former Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, will lecture as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Birmingham-Southern College April 1 in the Norton Campus Center Theatre at 6 p.m. His lecture, titled “How to Think About the Middle East,” is open to the public, free of charge. David J. Dunford,

In 1995, Dunford retired from the U.S. Foreign Service following completion of his assignment as Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman. He served from 1988-92 in Saudi Arabia as Deputy Ambassador, including 15 months as Acting Ambassador. His other Foreign Service assignments included Director of Egyptian Affairs in the Department of State in Washington, D.C., Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative in the executive office of the President.

From April to June of 2003, Dunford worked for the Organization of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance and later the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad as Senior Ministerial Liaison to Iraq's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Currently, Dunford is an adjunct instructor at the University of Arizona where he teaches courses on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East business environment. Over the past several years, he has traveled to Korea and Germany, as well as various military bases in the U.S. to assist in the training of U.S. forces being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more than 35 years, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has developed and conducted programs in higher education. Fellows are matched with small colleges chosen for their commitment to the goals of the program. They are scheduled to interact with students in classrooms, seminars, lectures and informal discussions.

For more information on the lecture, call 205/226-4922.

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