July 13, 2010 – U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan: Prospects and Problems

DATE: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 7:30 am

LOCATION: Bangor Public Library, Lecture Hall

SPEAKER: Kenneth M. Hillas, Jr., Senior Foreign Service Officer and Professor of Strategy at the National War College

RSVP: Email admin@bangorforeignpolicyforum.org; or call (207) 581-1835.

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Kenneth M. Hillas, Jr.

Kenneth MacLean Hillas, Jr. – A Senior Foreign Service Officer, Ken is a Professor of Strategy at the National War College.  From March 2008 until June 2009, he led a 40-person, inter-agency Provincial Reconstruction Team in the south-central Iraqi Province of Babil.  He has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at both the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland (2005-2008) and the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic (2002-2005).  He was in 2000-2001 the State Department’s Deputy Special Negotiator for Eurasian Conflicts with an OSCE mandate to mediate the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.  He has been a member of the Foreign Service for 30 years and has received several Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards.

His foreign assignments have included Mexico, Russia, Italy and South Africa, as well as a short-term assignment in 1993-94 on the Bosnia Border Monitor Mission prior to the Dayton Accords-Serbian Border.  He speaks good Russian, Spanish and Italian, as well as fair Polish and Czech.

A graduate of the University of Maine (BA, 1976), Ken received an MA in 1977 in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in 2000 in National Security Studies from the National War College.  He and his wife Barbara have been married 32 years and raised four children.