(Posted February 12, 2002)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- A former Foreign Service officer and retired Juniata College politics professor, Craig Baxter, will speak on "Afghanistan: The End of the Beginning?" at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in 202 Good Hall on the Juniata College campus.

The event is free and open to the public

Baxter has published 11 books on the history and politics of Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, including the standard text book on South Asian politics. Among his overseas Foreign Service posts were Bombay and New Delhi, India; Lahore, Pakistan; Accra, Ghana; and Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the United States, he was senior political officer for Pakistan and Afghanistan, and officer in charge of international scientific relations with the Near East, South Asia, and Africa.

With nearly 30 years in the Foreign Service and teaching experience, Professor Baxter came to Juniata in 1981 as visiting professor of political science and diplomat-in-residence, and joined the permanent faculty as professor of politics and history in 1982. He became chairman of the Department of Political Science in 1991.

Baxter served in the United States Army, 1952-54. After completing a master's degree in political science and the course work for a doctorate in history, he entered the Foreign Service of the United States. He earned his Ph.D. while in the Foreign Service in 1967.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.