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Madeleine Albright speaks at the Dayton Accords discussions held in New York
Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, speaks on a panel as she is joined( left to right) Peter Galbraith, former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, Wesley Clark, retired U.S. Army General, and Ronald Brownstein, Editorial Director of National Journal Group by during the "America at a Crossroads: The Dayton Accords and the Beginning of 21st Century Diplomacy" conference held at New York University on February 9, 2011 in New York City. The Dayton Accords were signed in 1995 as a framework for peace and stability in the former Yugoslavia. UPI /Monika Graff
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Peter Woodard Galbraith (born December 31, 1950) is an author, academic, commentator, policy advisor and former United States diplomat. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he helped uncover Saddam Hussein's gassing of the Kurds. From 1993 to 1998, he served as the first U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, where he was co-mediator and principal architect of the 1995 Erdut Agreement that ended the war in that country. From 2003 onwards, Galbraith acted as an advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq. As an author and commentator, he argued that Iraq has broken up and that the US occupation authorities should not try to build a strong central government over Kurdish objections. In 2009, Galbraith was appointed United Nations' Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan where he contributed to exposing the massive fraud that took place in the 2009 Afghanistan Presidential Elections.

Peter Galbraith is the son of John Kenneth Galbraith, one of the leading economists of the 20th century, and Catherine (Kitty) Merriam Atwater and the brother of economist James K. Galbraith. After attending the Commonwealth School, he earned an A.B. degree from Harvard College, an M.A. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is married to Tone Bringa, a Norwegian social anthropologist. They have two children together and live in Vermont.

Galbraith was a good friend of the twice elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, dating back to their student days at Harvard and Oxford Universities, and was instrumental in securing Bhutto's release from prison in Pakistan for a medical treatment abroad during the military dictatorship of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.

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