(Posted November 12, 2002)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- A retired Foreign Service officer and former U.S. ambassador will speak at Juniata College on "Baghdad, Kabul, Jerusalem and the Limits to Hegemony" at 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science.

The event is free and open to the public.

Gordon Brown, the former U.S. ambassador to Mauritania from 1991 to 1994, has written two books. "Coalition, Coercion and Compromise" examined the diplomacy of the 1990 Gulf War coalition. His most recent book, published in 2002, is "Sons of Tancred," a history of the 11th century Norman conquest of southern Italy.

As a Foreign Service officer, Brown served in posts throughout the Middle East. He was deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Tunis from 1986 to 1989 and served as director of the Office of Arab Peninsula Affairs in the Department of State from 1984 to 1986. He also served in assignments to Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

In addition to his diplomatic postings, Brown also served as political adviser to Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf during the Gulf War.

Brown earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1957.

The lecture is sponsored by Juniata's Model U.N. club, the World Affairs Association and the college's Department of Politics.

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