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Former Austrian envoy to Iraq to speak, March 28

"Iraq: Between Internal Conflicts and Regional Interests" is the title of a lecture by Austrian journalist Gudrun Harrer, a former special envoy to Iraq, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in 1 Robertson Hall.

Harrer is foreign editor of the Austrian newspaper Der Standard. From January to July 2006, she served as a special envoy to Iraq for the Austrian foreign ministry, based in Baghdad.

Harrer, who also is a lecturer at Vienna University, has written on political and cultural issues related to the Middle East and Islam. Since 2002, she has worked with Austria's foreign ministry and the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, lecturing on Iraq for inspectors' training courses in Vienna.

The talk is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.

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