Jim Marshall to head up U.S. Institute of Peace

Former Georgia congressman Jim Marshall of Macon, a Democrat ousted in 2010 by Republican Austin Scott, has landed a job as presidency of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Currently lecturing at Princeton University — he was once a law professor at Mercer University, Marshall will assume the job on Sept. 14. He succeeds Richard H. Solomon, former U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, who has led the institute for the last 19 years.

Former Georgia congressman Jim Marshall of Macon/AJC file

Former Georgia congressman Jim Marshall of Macon/AJC file

And what, you may ask, is the U.S. Institute of Peace? From the press release:

Created by Congress in 1984 as an independent federal agency, the Institute is now the leader in training, educating, and implementing programs that help manage conflict through nonviolent means and that create structures to maintain peace in post-conflict situations. Current President Richard Solomon oversaw the expansion of USIP from a small educational and analytical organization into an operational agency with offices in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Baghdad, Iraq, as well as a presence in Pakistan and Libya.

Solomon cited Marshall’s past experience in Congress and as an Army Ranger:

“He has an impressive record of public service at several levels of government, including four terms in Congress, as well as an outstanding record of service in the U.S. Army. He has the experience and vision to build on the Institute’s foundations of three decades of programmatic work in international conflict management and peace-building.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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14 comments Add your comment

Marlboro Man

July 23rd, 2012
1:47 pm

Scott could lose Robins, he has no rank.

Baron Dekalb

July 23rd, 2012
1:57 pm

Please accept my contribution of some pro bono copyediting: “And what, you make ask, is the U.S. Institute of Peace?”


July 23rd, 2012
2:14 pm

That beats having to run for re-election every two years in the heat and gnats of south Georgia. Sounds like Marshall landed on his feet.


July 23rd, 2012
2:16 pm

Baron DeKalb:

Editing accepted. Many thanks.

Auntie Christ

July 23rd, 2012
2:19 pm

Another bed-wetting liberal heading up a bed wetting liberal agency striving for world peace. The good people of Jawga didn’t need a sissy like this representing them, glad he was beaten by a true ‘hawk’ who’s not afraid to go to war at any time.

Oops, I see Mr Marshall is a former Army Ranger, and austin scott is…. what? An insurance salesman. Well nothing like Jawga staying true to it’s faith, electing chickenhawks like bush, cheney, reagan and scott, and idolizing draft dodgers like limbaugh (he of the deferment for a carbuncle on his a$$), boor tz; and marion morrison (aka john wayne). All the while they demonize as “Ameka haters” true Christians, military veterans like Jim Marshall, John Kerry and Al Gore, and all those librul hippies who advocate for world peace.

Before long ‘hypocrisy’ will be listed in Merriam Webster as a synonym for ‘conservative’, if it isn’t already.


July 23rd, 2012
2:36 pm

Now that this post about a defeated Democrat has been up for an hour and should not be censored again – in real political news of interest, yesterday Atlanta Mayor Reed was quoted as saying those opposed to the new TSPLOST tax “haven’t put up a single alternative”.

Plan B solutions include making transportation a higher priority of the state budget that already collects income, real estate, ad valorum, sales, and motor fuel taxes instead of yet a new tax. If we must raise taxes because our past leaders squandered or gave away tax proceeds to special interests, raising the motor fuel user taxes is more logical than the general sales tax. It would also capture revenue from Florida snowbirds, beach-goers, other pass through vacationers, Daytona 500 attendees, college football fans, and Disney World pass through travelers who clog our roads and don’t pay general sales taxes. Toll roads with added lanes (not tolls on existing taxpayer paid lanes), and reversible commuter lanes is also a Plan B solution.

Last Man Standing

July 23rd, 2012
2:39 pm

Old democrats never die, and they never fade away. If the democrat communist party doesn’t have a job to give them, they will create one and count it as 100 New Jobs Created. It’s a win-win for everyone except the taxpayers (and who gves a damn about them?)!


July 23rd, 2012
2:43 pm

Great News. Always been an admirer of Marshall.


July 23rd, 2012
2:48 pm

I apologize in advance for this being off topic, but Centrist its not that hard to start your own blog if all you are going to do is complain about this one. That way you can decide the topics and slam Jim (unnecessarily I might add) daily for being biased and his news selection.

Just a thought.

the cat

July 23rd, 2012
2:57 pm

Auntie Christ

July 23rd, 2012
3:48 pm

last man standing said: Old democrats never die, and they never fade away.

Old repubs don’t either, they keep getting new hearts at taxpayer expense (the dick, cheney) get life saving treatments for cancer (john mccain) or kept on life support even when they have no idea who, what or where they are (strom thurmond, jesse helms). All of them hated government health care for us, but love it when it is for their benefit.


July 23rd, 2012
4:01 pm

Yes off subject but Centrist I like your Plan B, the only problem is that all (R)’s have signed the Pledge and can not vote on any tax measure except NO! The NOP is anti-tax and anti-everything helpful. So while we don’t need T-SPOLST, it is the only (R) way to raise taxes since voters cast a yes vote to increase taxes not (R)’s.

Just wish Jim Marshall was still my representative. I’m one of those un-represented in the House of Representatives that adopted a representative from another state. And BTW, if you read the article, the US Institute of Peace was established in 1984. Was it a Reagan “new speak” agency?

Edmund Ruffin

July 24th, 2012
7:05 am

Had Marshall had the sense to see the handwriting on the wall and swap parties he would still be in Congress. His voting record was acceptable, his party affiliation was not.