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Ambassador Talks About Terrorism and Democracy

Ambassador Richard Boucher Speaks Tuesday at UC Riverside

Former Secretary of State spokesman to address current U.S. foreign policy

(November 23, 2005)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Ambassador Richard Boucher, the former spokesman for U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, will speak Tuesday at UC Riverside, as part of the Public Policy Initiative.

Boucher’s talk, titled “Fighting Terror and Building Democracy: An Overview of U.S. Foreign Policy,” is from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Humanities and Social Sciences 1500. It is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Boucher is currently awaiting confirmation as Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia. Boucher served as the U.S. Department of State’s spokesman or deputy spokesman under six Secretaries of State, and previously served as the department’s deputy spokesman, starting in 1989.

Boucher’s earlier career focused on economic affairs, China and Europe. He served as the U.S. Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus and as the U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong. Boucher earned his bachelor’s degree in 1973 from Tufts University, and did graduate work in economics at George Washington University.

"The topic of fighting terrorism and building democracy, which Ambassador Boucher will address, is very timely today in the context of what is happening around the world,” said Anil B. Deolalikar, director of the Public Policy Initiative. “This is an issue that affects all of us in this country. Ambassador Boucher is an important foreign policy-maker, having been a career diplomat for the last two decades, and having been the spokesman for three recent Secretaries of State. It is an honor to have someone as senior and distinguished as Ambassador Boucher visit our campus, to share the administration's view about the goals and success of U.S. foreign policy."

Sponsored by The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at UC Riverside, the Public Policy Initiative brings together faculty and students from different disciplines to work on policy issues important to Southern California and the Inland Empire region.

The Initiative draws upon the excellence and rich diversity of existing faculty strengths at UCR to build a program of policy research and training particularly - although not exclusively - focused on the social, human development and environmental problems unique to the region.

The Initiative is inter-disciplinary in scope, seeking to build bridges between researchers and policy-makers, and prepare students interested in pursuing careers in local, state and national governments and in international public organizations.
The Initiative also seeks to train early- and mid-career public policy professionals who are interested in refreshing their analytical and quantitative skills, and moving into positions of greater responsibility.

While the talk is free, parking on campus costs $6 per day.

For more information on this event and the Public Policy Initiative, contact Anil B. Deolalikar at (951) 827-1575 or by e-mail at

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