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Reminiscences of Walter L. Cutler : oral history, 2002.

Creator: Cutler, Walter Leon, 1931-
Project: September 11, 2001 oral history narrative and memory project.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript 27 pages sound recording 1 audio disc (56 min.) : digital ; 3 in.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Retired ambassador.

Scope and Contents

Background: born Boston 1931, grew up Amherst, MA; education: B.A. Wesleyan, M.A. Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy, influence of professors, nature of Foreign Service exam; career: US Army, Foreign Service, Meridian International Center [MIC]; nature of work in Foreign Service, assignment in Yaounde, French Cameroon [now the Republic of Cameroon], insurrection against the French, work to establish an embassy; ambassador to Saudi Arabia, cultural observations, role of Mutaween in Islam, challenges of intergovernmental cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia; politics: Soviet war with Afghanistan, American funding of resistance to Soviet invasion, Gulf War, U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf, Bin Laden family; 9/11: television coverage, institutional response of MIC.


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