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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 18, 1993


(Washington, DC) President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Foreign Service officer Parker Borg to be the U.S. Ambassador to Iceland and historian Thomas Dodd to be Ambassador to Uruguay.

"These two outstanding individuals will make fine representatives of our nation," said the President. "I am very glad to be making these announcements today."

Parker Borg has been an officer in the Foreign Service since 1965, and currently serves as Special Advisor on International Crime and Justice at the State Department. He was previously Ambassador-designate to the Union of Burma, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Acting Coordinator in the Bureau of International Communications. He has also served at posts in Mali, Zaire, Vietnam, and Malaysia, as well as a number of positions in the State Department, including Director of the Office of West African Affairs. Borg has also published a number of scholarly articles on foreign policy topics, and served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a masters in public administration from Cornell University, and served as a voluntter in the Peace Corps. He is married and has three children, and is 54 years old.

Thomas Dodd is an Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where he has taught since 1966. Dodd, whose work has focused primarily on Latin America, has also taught at the Department of State's Foreign Service Insitute, the Interamerican Defense College, Defense Intelligence College, and National Defense University. From 1970-72, he was a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of State's Policy and Coordination Staff. Dodd holds a B.S. from Georgetown University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from George Washington University. He has also studied at the Georgetown University Law Center, the Johns Hopkins University's School for Advanced Studies, and at universities in Mexico and Spain, and is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served in 1987 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, and in 1990 as an OAS election observer in Nicaragua.

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