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Barton to speak on new world 'disorder,' April 3

Barton, former United Nations deputy high commissioner for refugees, will lecture on "Advancing Hope in the New World Disorder" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall.

Barton is the Frederick Schultz Class of 1951 Professor of Economic Policy and lecturer of public and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School. He will discuss the challenges of collapsing states, fratricidal conflicts and massive dislocations that have been chronicled with increasing sophistication the past few years. According to Barton, little attention has been given to recent experiments that hold some promise for redirecting the politics of war-torn lands. He will review some of the ongoing work and suggest changes that are needed for these initiatives to be successful.

In his role with the United Nations from 1999 to 2001, Barton was the second-in-command of the lead global humanitarian organization charged with protecting 22 million uprooted people in more than 130 countries. He served as the director of the Office of Transition Initiatives for the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1994 to 1999, managing humanitarian and development assistance for the Philippines, Rwanda, Bosnia and Haiti.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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