White House Fellow, 2004-2005

Assigned to the Department of State

In 2004 Ambassador O’Neill became a White House Fellow. In that capacity, he served as Special Assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell and was assigned to the Office of Russian Affairs. He was tasked, among other things, with issues related to counter-terrorism and law-enforcement co-operation. Ambassador O’Neill also handled special projects for the Secretary of State, one of which was an assignment as U.S. expert to the OSCE Minsk Group’s Fact Finding Mission to the Occupied Territories of Azerbaijan Surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Program

The purpose of the White House Fellows program is to provide gifted and highly motivated young Americans with some first-hand experience in the process of governing the Nation and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of society.

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WASHINGTON, June 21, 2004 – The White House today announced the appointment of 12 outstanding individuals from across the country to serve as White House Fellows. The 2004-2005 Class of White House Fellows represents a diverse cross-section of professions including business, law, non-profit, finance, and consulting. Additionally, three branches of the military are represented among the Fellows. The list of the 2004-2005 Class and their biographies are included below.

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U.S. Expert to the OSCE Fact-Finding Mission to the Occupied
Territories Surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh:

NAGORNO-KARABAKH, a mountainous region in Azerbaijan where hundreds of thousands of people once lived and worked, is today a desolate landscape pockmarked by abandoned tanks and crumbling stone edifices.

It’s a place few outsiders have seen since the early 1990s, when a still-unresolved conflict between Azerbaijan and neighboring Armenia killed roughly 25,000 people and drove 1 million more from their homes.

Ruins near Agdam, formerly a town in Azerbaijan of some 50,000 people. (Louis O’Neill)

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