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Official to speak on Afghanistan, April 23

U.S. Department of State official Roland de Marcellus, a Princeton alumnus, will speak on "Lessons Learned From Military Reconstruction Operations in Afghanistan" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in 16 Robertson Hall.

De Marcellus is deputy director of the Office of Development Finance in the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. The office has led efforts to mobilize and coordinate post-conflict reconstruction assistance in areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and East Timor.

De Marcellus previously served in various positions in the White House, the State Department and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and in that role oversaw more than 125 humanitarian infrastructure projects in Afghanistan during the post-Sept. 11 conflict.

De Marcellus earned his master's in public affairs in 1990 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which is sponsoring the lecture.

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