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October 2006

Release Date: October 19, 2006

Former U.S. Ambassador to Visit ASU

Angelo State University will host former U.S. Ambassador Edward L. Peck for two days of classroom visits and meetings Nov. 6-7, including a special public presentation Monday, Nov. 6, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center.

Peck's public presentation "The Middle East - Today and Tomorrow" will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and is open free to the public. Topics will include the Middle East, the diplomatic Foreign Service, current international events and U.S. foreign policy.

Following two tours as a U.S. Army paratrooper, Peck became a career diplomat with 32 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, including stints as ambassador to Iraq from 1977 to 1980 and ambassador to Mauritania. He also served as embassy officer in Sweden, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt and held prominent intelligence and political affairs positions in the State Department, Department of Defense and the White House under President Ronald Reagan.

After retiring from the Foreign Service in 1989, Peck served as executive secretary for the American Academy of Diplomacy, chairman of the Political Tradecraft Programs at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center and president of Foreign Services International. He currently serves on the board of directors of Americans for Middle East Understanding.

Utilizing his wealth of political and diplomatic expertise, Peck has become a respected television and radio commentator on the Middle East and a lecturer and consultant on foreign affairs in the U.S. and overseas. He is also multi-lingual, speaking Arabic, French, Spanish and Swedish.

Peck is being brought to ASU through the collaborative efforts of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts; the University Center Program Council; and the Departments of Communication, Drama and Journalism, Government, and Modern Languages.

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