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April 2002

Release Date: April 16, 2002

Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq to Speak at ASU

Edward L. Peck, the former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, will speak on "The Shock of Foreign Cultures Especially Yours" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Angelo State University in a presentation that will be relevant to current issues in the Middle East.

The talk is open free to the public in the Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus. The program is sponsored by the Speakers Committee of the University Center Program Council.

Peck served as ambassador to Iraq 1977-80. Later, he was Ambassador to Mauritania from 1983-85. He also has held positions with U.S. embassies in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt as well as Sweden.

With some two decades of diplomatic experience in the Middle East, he has extensive background on the issues and personalities that have divided that region of the world. His first assignment in that region came in 1963.

His positions at the State Department include coordinator of covert intelligence programs; special assistant to the under secretary for political affairs; director of Egyptian affairs; and senior advisor to the under secretary for management. He also worked in the Pentagon as State Department Liaison Officer for the Joint Reconnaissance Center. He was assigned to the White House from 1988-89 as deputy director for the Vice President's Task Force on Terrorism.

Since retiring from the Foreign Service in 1989, he worked three years as the executive secretary for the American Academy of Diplomacy. He served as a commentator on both U.S. and United Kingdom television networks during the Gulf crisis in 1990-91.

He currently serves as chairman of political tradecraft for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, a visiting fellow to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and a distinguished visitor to the National War College.

He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles as well as a master's in business administration from George Washington University. He served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army and finished his military career with the rank of captain. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic, French, Spanish and Swedish.