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As part of its new Negotiator Series and the Kennedy School's Public Service Week, the former US Ambassador to Iraq (2010-2012), James F. Jeffrey will reflect on the recent violence in that country and on its role in a seemingly unstable Middle East. What are US and international policy options?
Ambassador Jeffrey looks back on a long career in public service. One of the nation’s most respected diplomats, Ambassador Jeffrey has held a series of highly sensitive posts in Washington, D.C., and abroad since joining the Foreign Service in 1977. In addition to his service in Ankara and Baghdad, he served as assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the George W, Bush administration, with a special focus on Iran. Previously, at the State Department, he served as principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, where his responsibilities included leading the Iran policy team and coordinating public diplomacy.
Earlier appointments included service as senior advisor on Iraq to the secretary of state; chargé d'affaires and deputy chief of mission in Baghdad; deputy chief of mission in Ankara; and ambassador in Albania.