FORA.tv Speaker - Wendy Chamberlin

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Biography

Wendy Chamberlin is president of the Middle East Institute, the oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East. Prior to joining MEI, from 2004 to 2006, she served as deputy high commissioner in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, where she supervised the administration of the UN humanitarian organization with a budget of $4 billion.

As assistant administrator in the Asia-Near East Bureau for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2002 to 2004, Chamberlin directed civilian reconstruction programs in Iraq and Afghanistan and development assistance programs throughout the Middle East and East Asia. A 29-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, she was U.S. ambassador to Pakistan from 2001 to 2002. During her tenure in Islamabad, she played a key role in Pakistan's cooperation for the U.S.-led campaign against al-Qaida terrorists in Afghanistan.

Chamberlin has extensive experience in counter-terrorism, having served as director of Global Affairs and Counter-Terrorism at the National Security Council and as deputy in the Bureau of International Counter-Narcotics and Law Programs. Her other assignments included service as U.S. ambassador to the Laos People's Democratic Republic, director of press and public affairs for the Near East Bureau, deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Arab-Israeli Affairs and other postings in Morocco, Pakistan, Malaysia, Laos and Zaire.

Chamberlin's opinion pieces have been published in The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and she is frequently invited to comment on Pakistan and the Middle East on PBS NewsHour and other major news networks. She has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House of Representatives National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee. Chamberlin is a graduate of Northwestern University, received her master's degree in education from Boston University and participated in the Executive Program at Harvard University.

1 Program

Chamberlin: U.S. Aid to Pakistan - Harmful or Helpful?

07.01.11 | 01:09:20 min | 0 comments