Corbin to speak on Iraq conflict

The chief U.S. diplomat working on Iraq, Michael Corbin, will give an update on the conflict Tuesday, Feb. 22 at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. 

Corbin's talk, U.S. Policy Toward Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities, will begin at 6 p.m. in Baker Hall's Kelly International Conference Facility on the Rice campus, 6100 Main. 

Corbin, the deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for Iraq Issues, is a career senior foreign service officer. He has extensive experience throughout the Middle East, and he has received several superior and meritorious honor awards for his service.

From September 2008 until July 2009, he served as minister-counselor for political-military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. From 2006 to 2007, he was assigned as charge d’affaires in the Syrian capital, Damascus. He served as the minister-counselor for economic and political affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo from August 2003 to June 2006, and he was the deputy director of the State Department Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs from 2001 to 2003. He served at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo from 1994 to 1997 as the political-military affairs officer and at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait from 1987 to 1989. 

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Corbin served from 1982 to 1984 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania, where he worked as an agricultural extension officer and as a trainer for new Peace Corps volunteers. Corbin speaks French, Spanish and Arabic.

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