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The Honorable Scott Carpenter to Speak at OWU's Colloquium


October 20, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO - The Honorable Scott J. Carpenter, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs(NEA), U.S. Department of State, will speak at Ohio Wesleyan University's Sagan National Colloquium on Monday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room. His presentation is entitled "The U.S. and the Muslim World: Partnership for Democracy and the War on Terror."

He has been at the NEA since 2004 and is responsible for overseeing the Middle East Partnership Initiative. Carpenter was appointed by Administrator Paul Bremer, in 2003, as Director of the Governance Group for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). He helped to guide the political transition and to initiate an array of democracy initiatives during the CPA's existence. Prior to deploying to Iraq, Carpenter served as Deputy Assistant Secretary

for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He also served as Under Secretary Dobriansky's representative on the inter-agency Executive Steering Group on Iraq, and co-chaired the Democracy PCC with the Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Directorate at the NSC.

Before joining the State Department. Carpenter worked with the International Republican Institute (IRI), a non-profit organization based in Washington, promoting democratic development worldwide. There, he established and served as coDirector of IRI's Central and Eastern Europe regional office based in Bratislava, Slovakia, overseeing programming in 10 countries, from the Baltics to the Balkans, including Turkey. Carpenter also has worked on the NAFTA desk at the International Trade Agency (ITA). On Capitol Hill, he worked as a press secretary for Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and as a legislative assistant to Congressman Rick Santorum (R-PA).

Carpenter received his undergraduate education from Hope College and a graduate degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in economics and European Studies.