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November 17, 2008
By Jon Fortenbury
Mark T. Kimmitt, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, will speak at the University of Nevada, Reno on Nov. 18 in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre at 7 p.m. During his talk, “Assessing U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges in Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan,” Kimmitt will discuss and evaluate our country’s challenges in foreign policy.
“It’s a pretty unique opportunity for us to understand and hear where foreign policy is at this moment in such a unique time in American history,” said Carina Black, executive director of the Northern Nevada International Center.
Kimmitt served in the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years, retiring as a Brigadier General in 2006. Following retirement, Kimmitt served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East, deputy director for strategy and plans for the United States Central Command and deputy director for operations and chief military spokesman for coalition forces in Iraq. This past June, the Senate nominated him for assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs.
Sponsored by the Northern Nevada International Center, the event will be free and open to the public. Black finds it exciting to bring such an interesting speaker to campus.
“I think the fact that we are seeing so many different speakers and so many different topics makes UNR a better campus,” Black said.