Ambassador Daniel Speckhard, a 1982 La Follette School of Public Affairs graduate, is putting his skills in policy analysis to the test as the head of reconstruction and assistance efforts in Iraq through the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
He oversees an $18 billion program to support reconstruction, economic and democratic development, and security sector reforms in Iraq.
The public affairs program’s emphasis on examining policy problems across disciplines in an integrated and thorough manner continues to be valuable, Speckhard says.
“This is particularly important in Iraq, where the political, security and economic issues are so deeply interdependent in this critical period,” Speckhard says. “The work I am doing on reconstruction and development cannot be separated from the work on the security or political side.”
Speckhard previously was director of policy planning at NATO. Earlier he was NATO’s deputy assistant secretary general for political affairs; U.S. ambassador to Belarus; and deputy to the ambassador- at-large for new independent states at the State Department in Washington, D.C.