Edward S. "Ned" Walker, Jr., a 1962 graduate of Hamilton College, former ambassador to Israel, and the Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Affairs this semester, will give a lecture, "The Middle East After Iraq," on Tuesday, Sept.16, at 7 p.m. in Dwight Lounge, Bristol Campus Center. Walker's talk will be followed by a question and answer session. Sponsored by the Dean of Faculty's Office, it is free and open to the public.
Walker's talk coincides with the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords (Sept. 17, 1978). Negotiated by President Jimmy Carter, the Camp David Accords were signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Muhammed Anwar al-Sadat at the U.S. presidential retreat in Maryland. The agreement led to a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt the next year.
Walker is currently president and chief executive officer of the Middle East Institute, a Washington-based think tank on Middle East policy. Before assuming his current position in 2001, Walker worked with Colin Powell for five months in the new Bush administration as Assistant Secretary of State for near Eastern Affairs, a position he had previously held under Madeleine Albright during the second Clinton administration. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel under Clinton and was assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs from 1999-2001. Walker previously served as Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 1994-1997, as Deputy Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 1994 to 1997, as deputy permanent representative of the United States to the United Nations with Ambassadorial rank from 1993 to 1994, and Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 1989 to 1992, through the period of the Gulf War.
The Linowitz Visiting Professorship was established in 1986. It is named in honor of Sol Linowitz, a 1935 Hamilton graduate who served as ambassador to the Organization of American States and co-negotiator of the Panama Canal treaties. He was President Jimmy Carter's representative in the Middle East negotiations from 1979 to 1981. The holder of the Linowitz chair teaches an upper-level seminar course while at Hamilton.