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Volker to discuss NATO, Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 4:30 p.m. 16 Robertson Hall

Kurt Volker, who recently was nominated by President Bush to serve as U.S. ambassador to NATO, will discuss the conflict in Afghanistan and its impact on U.S.-European relations at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Volker's talk is titled "NATO: Is There Life After Afghanistan?" He currently is the U.S. State Department's principal deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs. In this position, which he has held since July 2005, Volker focuses on ties between the United States and Europe, particularly in the context of organizations such as NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

In January, Bush nominated Volker to serve as the top American envoy to NATO, which will require Senate confirmation. Volker previously has served as director of NATO policy and acting senior director for Europe at the National Security Council. He also has been a political officer at the U.S. mission to NATO and deputy director of former NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson's private office.

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

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