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A veteran foreign correspondent and photojournalist reveals the other side of the Third World.
About the Author
Ben Barber has been a journalist and photographer for 30 years, reporting from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America for Foreign Affairs, the L.A. Times, the N.Y. Times, Salon.com, Newsday, the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Christian Science Monitor and many other publications.
He was a contributing correspondent or stringer for USA TODAY and the London Observer. From 1994 to 2002 he was State Department Bureau Chief for the Washington Times.
From 2002 to 2010 he was senior writer at the U.S. Agency for International Development and editor of USAID's newspaper FrontLines. Currently he is a columnist for McClatchy news agency and a consultant on development communications.
Barber was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and George Mason University; and delivered lectures on foreign affairs at the U.S. Naval Academy, the National Defense University, Johns Hopkins University and American University.
He designed and taught seminars for journalists in ten African countries for the U.S. Information Agency and he appeared as a foreign policy expert on Fox, CNN, CSPAN and other television and radio programs.
Barber holds a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Ct.; a certificate in French studies from the Sorbonne; a Masters in journalism from Boston University; and a certificate in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii Gannett Fellowship program. He has four children and lives in the Washington DC area with his long term companion Kathleen Korach.
Andrew S. Natsios served from 2001 to 2006 as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the world's largest provider of humanitarian and development assistance. He directed programs valued up to $20 billion per year in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and Pakistan; the 2004 Tsunami; the 2005 Pakistan earthquake; and aid projects in 100 other countries. Natsios also served as U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan in 2006 and 2007.
In 2000- 2001 he was CEO of Boston's Big Dig, the largest construction project in American history. From 1993 to 1998, Natsios was vice president of World Vision U.S., the largest faith-based non-governmental organization in the world with programs in 103 countries.
Before coming to Washington, Natsios served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1975 to 1987.
He served for 23 years in the U.S. Army Reserves as a civil affairs officer and he is a veteran of the Gulf War. Currently he is on the faculty of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.