Ambassador Lawrence E. Butler, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, comments on our current state of relations with Iraq, and the political, security and economic challenges ahead.
Ambassador Lawrence E. Butler, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, is charged with overseeing U.S. policy creation and implementation efforts in Iraq, as well as staffing, financing, and management issues related to the Department's presence in Iraq. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1976 and has extensive experience in crisis management and conflict mitigation, having been directly involved in achieving the “Good Friday” Northern Ireland peace agreement and having worked on the Bosnian peace process that culminated in the Dayton Accord. During 2002-2005, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia.
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Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2008