April 09, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — James Kunder, acting deputy administrator for the United States Agency for International Development, will give the talk, "U.S. Foreign Aid in the 21st Century," on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rooke Chemistry lecture hall at Bucknell University.

Kunder is second in command at USAID, the U.S. government organization responsible for administering the U.S. foreign assistance programs. "This is a rare opportunity to hear about U.S. foreign assistance from a top agency official," said Nina Banks, assistant professor of economics at Bucknell.

The talk, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the economics, international relations, and political science departments and the Global Residential College.

International development expertise
Kunder has extensive government and private sector experience in international development, having joined USAID in 1987. He has served as assistant administrator for Asia and the Near East, director for relief and reconstruction in Afghanistan, and director of the Agency's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

He has been vice president for program development at Save the Children Federation, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in the United States and around the world.

He also has served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives, senior transportation analyst for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and deputy director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He was an infantry platoon commander in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1970 to 1973.

Kunder, who has published numerous articles on international humanitarian issues, peacekeeping and crisis management, holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in political science and a master's in international relations from Georgetown University.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted April 9, 2008

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