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MARCH 12, 2003
11:31 AM
CONTACT: Hamilton College  
Holly Foster 315-859-4068
U.S. Diplomat John Brady Kiesling to Lecture at Hamilton College;
Kiesling Resigned Post on March 7 to Protest U.S. Aggression in Iraq
CLINTON, N.Y. - March 12 - U.S. Career Diplomat John Brady Kiesling will speak about U.S. diplomacy on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel at Hamilton College, as a guest in the Alpha Delta Phi Lecture Series. Kiesling submitted his resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, effective March 7, in protest of U.S. aggression in Iraq. Kiesling's lecture will be followed by a question and answer period. The lecture, which free and open to the public, is sponsored by Alpha Delta Phi.

Kiesling spent 20 years as a Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. Department of State, most recently as political counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Athens. He also served at the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, as India desk officer, Romania desk officer, as economic officer at the U.S. Consulate in Morocco, and as vice consul and ambassador's staff aide at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Kiesling earned a master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College. He was a member of a group who received the 1994 Rivkin Award, given by the American Foreign Service Association for constructive dissent for signing a memorandum protesting the U.S. failure to stop the slaughter of Bosnians by the Serbs. Five foreign service officers resigned to protest that policy, and the administration subsequently changed course.

Kiesling is the author of Rediscovering Armenia, a guidebook to the monuments of the Republic of Armenia, published in 2001.


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