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Bertini named to Libya attack probe panel

Catherine Bertini

Catherine Bertini

Catherine Bertini, a former executive director of the World Food Program, has been appointed a member of the State Department accountability review board to examine the facts and circumstances of the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The attack led to the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and security personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

Bertini is a professor at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University and senior fellow and co-chair of the Global Agriculture Development Initiative at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

She is best known for heading WFP from 1992 to 2002 and her work since on hunger and agriculture issues. She also served as United Nations undersecretary-general for management from 2003 to 2005 and as U.N. security coordinator from 2003 to 2005.

Bertini was appointed to the review board by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, along with Thomas Pickering, a retired U.S. ambassador, as chair of the board, and Adm. Michael Mullen, Richard Shinnick and Hugh Turner III.

The board is to report on the facts of the case and make recommendations to Clinton within 60 days. The State Department will then make a report to Congress.