Global Agenda series

U.S., Egyptian ambassadors to speak on global terrorism

Barbara Bodine

Nabil Fahmy

The University of Delaware's Global Agenda lecture series, "Understanding International Terrorism Today," continues this spring with presentations by U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Barbara Bodine, and Egypt's Ambassador to the U.S., Nabil Fahmy.

Bodine will speak on "Political Islam" on Wednesday, March 27, and Fahmy will present a lecture on "A Delicate Balance," on Wednesday, April 10. Both speakers can be heard at 7:30 p.m. in 128 Clayton Hall.

Bodine was on duty when the U.S.S. Cole was bombed in a terrorist attack. In 1999, she negotiated for the release of three Americans kidnapped in Yemen, and in 2001 her plane from Yemen was hijacked and sidetracked to Africa.

She has spent her career working primarily in Southwest Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. She has twice served in the Bureau of Near East Affairs' Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs and also has had assignments as deputy principal officer in Baghdad, Iraq, and as deputy chief of mission in Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion and occupation in 1990. She was awarded the Secretary of State's Award for Valor for her work in Kuwait.

Following Kuwait, Bodine was associate coordinator for operations and later served as the acting coordinator for counterterrorism.

Fahmy, ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States since October 1999, is a career diplomat who has played a role in the struggle to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

He aided in the peace negotiations during the Arab-Israeli talks after the Gulf War, leading to the Palestinian-Israeli Oslo accords and the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty. He also is internationally known for his expertise in the field of disarmament and international security.

Fahmy has served as Egypt's ambassador to Japan, served as political adviser to the foreign minister, as a senior disarmament official in the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was a member of the Egyptian Mission to the United Nations (disarmament and political affairs) in Geneva and New York.

More information on UD's Global Agenda series can be found online at [] or by calling 831-2355.

The program is a presentation of the World Affairs Council of Wilmington, the University of Delaware's Center for International Studies and departments of communication and political science and international relations.