Barbara Bodine

  • Fall 2004

BARBARA BODINE a career member of the Senior Foreign Service who served as Ambassador to Yemen (1997-2001), a period in US-Yemini relations that included the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in 2000, enhanced security cooperation and democratization. Ambassador Bodine spent her 30-year diplomatic life primarily in the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula, including tours as Deputy Principal Officer in Baghdad (1980-1983) and Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion and occupation in 1990. In addition to a number of assignments in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Ms. Bodine from 1991 through 1994 was the Associate Coordinator for Operations and subsequently acting overall Coordinator for Counterterrorism a the Department of State, Dean of the School of Professional Studies at the Foreign Service Institute of East African Affairs. In 2003 Ambassador Bodine was appointed Coordinator for Post-Conflict Reconstruction for Baghdad and the Central Regions of Iraq. Most recently, she served as Senior Advisor for International Security Negotiations in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the Department of State