Ambassador Frederic C. Hof Joins MAG America Board of Directors

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Expert on Arab-Israeli Affairs and Syrian Transition

MAG America, the 501 (c)(3) branch of Mines Advisory Group (MAG), an international organization committed to the removal and destruction of landmines, unexploded ordnance, and other weapons remaining after conflict, is pleased to announce the addition of Ambassador Frederic C. Hof to its Board of Directors. Amb. Hof is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East; he previously served as the special coordinator for regional affairs in the US Department of State’s Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace and as special advisor for transition in Syria, with the rank of Ambassador.

A former Army officer and Vietnam veteran, Amb. Hof possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in Middle Eastern affairs; he has written extensively on Arab-Israeli territorial issues and the Arab-Israeli peace process.

Amb. Hof adds critical insight to MAG’s mission in the Middle East, specifically with regard to the crisis in Syria and the plight of Syrian refugees. Hoping to escape the violence of their civil war, over 150,000 Syrians have crossed the border into northern Iraq over the last two years. Unfortunately, these refugees are now faced with the terrible danger of living on land that is contaminated with landmines, UXO and other munitions left behind by Saddam Hussein’s regime and the coalition forces’ bombardment of military bases in 2003. MAG is working tirelessly to clear the land in northern Iraq, making it habitable for these refugees and their families, as well as for Iraqi citizens. MAG’s Community Liaison Teams also provide emergency risk education at the camp so that families journeying outside for work can keep themselves safe from the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance.

Furthermore, MAG stands ready to move into Syria to begin emergency relief as soon as the situation on the ground permits. MAG has a proven track record of being first on the ground for emergency clearance, including our work in Libya which began in April 2011.

MAG America’s President of the Board, Pat Patierno, is thrilled that Amb. Hof has agreed to join the board. “Fred brings an incredible amount of knowledge on Middle Eastern affairs which will strategically facilitate our efforts in the region and keep our staff safe and efficient.”

Ambassador Hof is eager to participate in these efforts to foster peace in countries recovering from conflict around the world. “I have seen firsthand the effect landmines and unexploded ordnance have on peaceful, democratic growth after the war is over,” he states. “And the effects are devastating. I am proud to be part of this first-class organization with such a rich history of providing safety and security to disadvantaged populations who need our help.”

Since 1989, MAG has worked in over 35 countries and was a co-laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. MAG's leading priority is to protect the lives and well-being of the most vulnerable individuals in contaminated areas, by providing risk education and removing deadly weapons. Equally important, we focus on development by clearing land in affected areas to open access for agriculture, water, schools, hospitals, and roads. MAG's goal is to build capacity within the country by creating local leaders who will be the future of humanitarian mine action.

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For press requests or more information, please contact Patricia Loria at 202-531-6513 or at patricia.loria(at)maginternational(dot)org, or visit our website at http://www.magamerica.org.

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