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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 396-01
August 27, 2001

BARATTA ASSUMES DEPUTY EURASIA DUTIES

Mira Radielovic Baratta assumed duties as deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Eurasia on Aug. 20, 2001, under the direction of the assistant secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. She is responsible for the development of Defense policy and security relationships with all of the independent states of Eurasia (the former Soviet Union).

She brings to her position fifteen years of experience on national security matters both within the executive branch, as well as the Congress. From 1989-1996, she was U.S. Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole's adviser on arms control and foreign policy and continued in that capacity during his presidential campaign. Baratta also served as senior adviser to the chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons in the former Yugoslavia and vice president for programs at Freedom House.

Baratta received her foreign service bachelor of science degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1982. She completed doctoral course-work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.