Ex- U.N. offical to direct CSIS project

Sept. 5, 2002 at 1:05 AM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Frederick D. Barton, formerly one of the highest-ranking Americans at the United Nations, has been named a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Barton, former U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees and a founder of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Transition Initiatives, will be co-director of the CSIS Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project. He will focus on expanding multilateral partnerships with international organizations, civil society and key governments, especially the United Nations and its relevant agencies.

The PCR Project, a unique collaboration between CSIS and the Association of the U.S. Army, explores the needs of countries and regions emerging from armed conflict, and identifies ways the international community can better promote peace and stability. CSIS Senior Adviser Michèle Flournoy will serves as the other co-director of the.

Barton is an established leader in the field of conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction. At the United Nations, he managed a budget of $850 million and worked with more than 5,000 colleagues around the world, fostering effective multilateral partnerships with numerous organizations, including the World Bank and U.N. Development Program.

In this capacity, he designed and implemented initiatives to protect 22 million uprooted people in 130 countries. Before joining the United Nations, Barton helped found and also served as the first director of the Office of Transition Initiatives, known as OTI, at USAID. Under Barton's leadership, OTI became a center of innovation and launched $150 million worth of political development programs in more than 20 war-torn regions, including the Philippines, Rwanda, Bosnia and Haiti.

While with CSIS, Barton will continue to hold his most recent post as the Frederick H. Schultz Professor of Economic Policy and Lecturer of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

The initial phase of the PCR Project has examined reconstruction from the perspective of the United States government, by examining the capacity of the United States to organize and respond to complex crises within a larger international context. A second phase, slated to begin this fall, is to address international capacities in post-conflict reconstruction.

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