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Barkey receives prestigious appointment

Henri Barkey

Henri Barkey, professor and chair of Lehigh’s international relations department, will join a select group of internationally respected academics and businessmen as a member of the Southeast Europe Project Board of Advisors for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Barkey, a former member of the U.S. State Department under President Bill Clinton, joined the seven-member board of the Project to promote scholarly research and informed debate about the full range of U.S. political, commercial and security issues and interests in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria and the eastern Mediterranean region.

Barkey came to Lehigh in 1987. He served as a member of the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Staff (1998-2000), working primarily on issues related to the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean and intelligence. He has authored, co-authored and edited four books, the most recent being “Turkey’s Kurdish Question,” which he co-wrote with Graham Fuller. He received his MSc at University College in London, and his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.

Barkey serves as a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, the Institute for Strategic and International Studies, and the Middle East Institute. He is also a frequent commentator on international affairs through such outlets as CNN, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, C-Span, Voice of America Radio, NPR, the BBC, and in frequent op-eds in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

Joining Barkey on the board of advisors are:

John Koumoulides, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history at Ball State University, who has published numerous books on ancient Athens and Rome, Byzantine history, and modern Greece

Markos Kounalakis, president of The Washington Monthly magazine, and a print and network broadcast journalist and author who covered wars and revolutions, both civil and technological.

John R. Lampe, Ph.D., professor of history at the University of Maryland, former State Department foreign service officer and author of numerous books.

James A. Regas, senior managing partner of the real estate and banking law firm of Regas, Frezados & Dallas LLP in Chicago, Ill.

John Sitilides, principal at Trilogy Advisors, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C.

Angelo K. Tsakopoulos, chairman and chief executive officer of AKT Development Corporation, one of the largest and most successful real estate development firms in northern California.

The Southeast Europe Project was established in January 2005, after the merger of the Western Policy Center with the Wilson Center. Working in conjunction with the Wilson Center’s East European and West European Studies Programs, the Southeast Europe Project’s scholarly research and public affairs programs focus on regional and functional issues centered on Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, and Bulgaria. The group focuses particular attention to European Union enlargement and NATO expansion and realignment in the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the Washington, D.C.-based living national memorial to President Wilson, which was established by Congress in 1968. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs as a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue.

It is currently headed by Lee H. Hamilton, former chair of the House International Relations Committee, and co-chair for the 9/11 Commission that investigated the attacks on the U.S. in 2001. The Center’s Board of Trustees is chaired by Joseph B. Gildenhorn, former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland (1989-1993).

--Linda Harbrecht

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2006

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