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October 22, 2004

Former Advisor On Higher Ed In Iraq To Speak At UCSD, Oct. 25

By Barry Jagoda

Ambassador Joseph Ghougassian, who, as an advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority, recently worked with the Iraqi Education Ministry on efforts to restore the country's higher education system, will speak Oct. 25 at the University of California, San Diego International House on future challenges in Iraq's reconstruction. The talk, beginning at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public.

Following the presentation, sponsored by the UCSD International Affairs Group, an audience discussion will be moderated by Eric Greitens, an expert on humanitarian assistance.

Ambassador Ghougassian formerly served as the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, was director of the Peace Corps in the Yemen Arab Republic and served on the White House staff. A former member of the psychology and philosophy faculties at the University of San Diego, Ghougassian has a Ph.D from Louvain University in Belgium and both an M.A. and J.D. from the University of San Diego.

More information may be obtained by email at or by phone at (858) 699-1501.

Media contact: Barry Jagoda, (858) 534-8567

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