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Former Ambassador to Belarus and Georgia appointed Director of Dartmouth's Dickey Center

Posted 06/10/03, by Tamara Steinert

Kenneth Yalowitz, former U.S. ambassador to Belarus and Georgia, has been appointed to a five-year term as Director of Dartmouth College's John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

Yalowitz, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Belarus from 1994 to 1997 and as ambassador to Georgia from 1998 to 2001, will begin his new role on July 1, 2003.

He is currently an adjunct professor of government at Georgetown University, a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, a diplomat-in-residence at American University and a member of the Institutional Review Board of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

"Dartmouth has a long-standing commitment to international affairs, and the Dickey Center has been an important part of this work. In today's world it is more important than ever for students to have tools for understanding the dynamics of our global community. I look forward to welcoming Ambassador Yalowitz to campus to work with our faculty and students," said Dartmouth President James Wright.

Inaugurated by the Dartmouth Board of Trustees in 1982, the Dickey Center works to enhance the international dimension of all that Dartmouth does. The center supports and encourages faculty research on and student involvement in all aspects of international relations. It also includes three Dartmouth institutes: the European Studies Institute, the Institute on Canada and the United States, and the Arctic Studies Institute. The center is named for the college's 12th president, to honor his commitment to international cooperation, liberal arts education and scholarship.

"With his extensive work both abroad and in Washington, Kenneth Yalowitz will bring to the directorship a new kind of expertise, drawn from significant experience in public service coupled with a deep commitment to the values of a liberal education," said Dartmouth College Provost Barry Scherr. "We look to him to expand further the horizons of the Dickey Center and to bolster its already prominent role both on the campus and beyond."

In the course of a Foreign Service career that began in 1966, Yalowitz has served in Moscow twice, in The Hague, and with the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels. His domestic assignments have included Country Director for Australia-New Zealand Affairs, Deputy Director for Economics of the Office of Soviet Union Affairs, and Congressional Foreign Affairs Fellow. Yalowitz coordinated the U.S. response to the shooting down of Korean Airlines Flight 007 in 1983; was instrumental in convincing Belarusian authorities to return Soviet-era nuclear missiles in their country to Russia, thereby eliminating a serious proliferation threat; and led the U.S. effort to prevent the spread of the Chechen war into Georgia. He has won a variety of awards, for conflict prevention and for overall diplomatic performance.

Yalowitz earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and holds a Russian Institute Certificate and M.A. degree from Columbia University. He previously taught political science at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also served as the Area Studies Chair on the former Soviet Union (1993-94) and Dean of the Senior Seminar (1997-98) at the Foreign Service Institute, the U.S. Government's training institution for preparing American diplomats and other professionals for foreign service.

- Tamara Steinert

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