The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is proud to host a Director's Lunch on “Reflections on a Life Spent in the Middle East” with Barbara Bodine, career member of the Senior Foreign Service, former Ambassador to Yemen and current IOP fellow. Ambassador Bodine served as Ambassador to Yemen from 1997-2001, a period in US-Yemeni relations that included the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in 2000, enhanced security cooperation and democratization.  She spent her 30-year diplomatic life primarily in the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula, including tours as Deputy Principal Officer in Baghdad 1980-1983 and Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion and occupation in 1990.  In 2003 Ambassador Bodine was appointed coordinator for post-conflict reconstruction for Baghdad and the central regions of Iraq.

In addition to a number of assignment in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Ms. Bodine from 1991 through 1994 was the Associate Coordinator for Operations and subsequently acting overall Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State, Dean of the School of Professional Studies at the Foreign Service Institute and Director of East African Affairs. Most recently, she served as Senior Advisor for International Security Negotiations in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the Department of State

We hope you can join us for what will be an interesting and informative discussion.