Please join us on
Thursday, June 14, 2012
World Affairs Council of Maine's
Annual Meeting and Dinner
Ambassador (Frederick) Rick Barton
Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict
and Stabilization Operations
The Role of the US in
the 21st Century
Ambassador Rick Barton will also be
honored with the Council's
2012 International Leadership Award
Portland Country Club
11 Foreside Road, Falmouth, Maine
5:00 pm World Affairs Council of Maine's Annual Business Meeting
5:30 pm Reception
6:30 pm Dinner and Program
Ambassador Rick Barton
Ambassador Rick Barton, a native of Maine, was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations and Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization on April 3, 2012. The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations was recently established within the U.S. State Department to advance U.S. national security by driving integrated, civilian-led efforts to prevent, respond to, and stabilize crises in priority states, setting conditions for long-term peace.
Ambassador Barton was the first President of the World Affairs Council of Maine, serving from 1979-1983. He was also President of Barton & Gingold, a strategy and public relations firm in Portland, until he left for Washington in 1994.
Mr. Barton has worked to improve the U.S. and international response to conflict in more than 30 of the world’s most unstable places. He led independent reviews of Iraq reconstruction; developed civilian strategies for Iraq, Sudan, and Sri Lanka; created new measurements of progress in Iraq and Afghanistan; and initiated path-breaking approaches to conflict reduction in Pakistan and Nigeria.
The leadership positions he has held in this field include Co-Director of the Post Conflict Reconstruction Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Deputy High Commissioner of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), and founding director of the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives.
Previously, Mr. Barton served for nearly two years as the U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), with the rank of Ambassador. In this position, he worked on development, peace building, climate change, and human rights. Mr. Barton served on the Smart Power Commission, as an expert adviser to the Iraq Study Group, and as professor and lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He led conflict-related working groups at the United States Institute of Peace and for the Princeton Project on National Security.
Mr. Barton is a past chairman of the Maine Democratic Party. He graduated from Harvard College and earned his Master in Business Administration from Boston University. As the children of American diplomats, Mr. Barton and his brothers lived in Argentina, Spain, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Mexico. Married since 1975, Mr. Barton and Kit Lunney have an adult daughter, Kacy, and live in Washington, D.C.