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.
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