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September 20, 2006

Former Ambassador Richard Miles to Speak on Sept. 25

Richard Miles, former ambassador to Azerbaijan and Republic of Georgia, will deliver a lecture on “Diplomatic Assignments to the Caucasus: An Ambassador’s Experience,” from noon to 2:00 p.m on Monday, Sept. 25, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the Near East Section of the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division, the lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but seating is limited.

Miles is the executive director of the Open World Leadership Center, an independent legislative branch entity headquartered at the Library of Congress. Established by Congress in 1999, the exchange program allows emerging leaders from Russia and other Eurasian countries to observe American democratic and free market systems through visits to communities across the United States.

Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 1992-1993 and the Republic of Georgia from 2002-2005, Miles was among the Americans who created diplomatic relations with the independent republics following the fall of the Soviet Union. While on assignment in the Republic of Georgia, he successfully guided U.S. policy through the workings of the Shevardnadze government and parliamentary elections in November 2003.

Miles’ long and distinguished career in the Foreign Service includes assignments in Oslo, Moscow and Belgrade, and the positions of consul general in Leningrad and principal officer of the U.S. Embassy Office in Berlin. His activities have earned him numerous honors, including the U.S. State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award and a Presidential Meritorious Service Award.

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PR 06-173
ISSN 0731-3527

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