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20. May 11
HEAD OF THE AMERICAN EMBASSY BRANCH OFFICE IN BANJA LUKA, GAVE A LECTURE TO AUBIH STUDENTS

David Birdsay praised the interest of AUBiH students for U.S. policy toward Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region.

Head of the American Embassy Branch Office in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. David M. Birdsey, gave a lecture to students on "Foreign policy of the United States since World War II onwards”, at the campus addition of the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Banja Luka.

After the lecture, Mr. Birdsey was answering the questions such as: U.S. policy toward the Middle East, the wars in Iraq, the situation in Libya and Syria, relations between Russia and the United States, relations between China and the United States, U.S. policy toward the Western Balkans, the importance of democratic values such as freedom of speech, religious orientation and human rights.

Birdsay also spoke about U.S. policy towards Bosnia and Herzegovina, the support that the U.S. give to the Dayton agreement, Bosnia's way towards membership in NATO and the EU, and the importance of economic development and foreign investment in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Pointing out his satisfaction with the visit to Banja Luka campus addition of American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Birdsay praised the interest of students for the policy of the United States to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the countries in the region.

David Mark Birdsey is a foreign service officer with over twenty years of government service. He began his government career in 1990 with the Department of Commerce, focusing on U.S.- Japan trade relations. In 1994, Mr. Birdsey joined the Forign Service and became a Vice Consul in Lahore, Pakistan, in August 1995.

Currently, Mr. Birdsay is Head of the American Embasy Branch Office in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. David Mark Birdsey graduated with a B.A. in History from Winthrop University in 1984, and received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1988.