Peter G. Bourne
Peter Bourne's involvement in international affairs began when he worked in the White House as a special assistant to President Jimmy Carter, where he was the President's liaison with UN specialized agencies. He also served as director of the Office of Drug Abuse Policy coordinating all relevant foreign policy, law enforcement, and treatment activities for the U.S. government.
As an assistant secretary general at the United Nations, Bourne directed the “International Drinking Water and Sanitation Decade,” a global campaign to eradicate the parasitic disease, guinea worm, a program now nearing 100 percent success. He has written extensively on the subject of water and sanitation, including editing the book Water and Sanitation: Social and Economic Aspects.
Bourne has visited more than 70 countries during his career as government employee, international civil servant, and board member for various NGOs, including Save the Children. He was also an advisor on foreign policy to U.S. Congressman Bill Richardson and negotiated a variety of agreements with foreign governments, including Iraq, Bangladesh, Cuba, Iran, and North Korea.
Bourne has had a longstanding interest in Cuba and is the author of Fidel, a biography of Fidel Castro. He chairs Medical Education Cooperation (MEDICC) with Cuba and was a co-producer of the documentary !Salud!, about the Cuban health system and the role of Cuban doctors around the world.
Born in Oxford, England, Bourne obtained his medical degree from Emory University and his master's degree in anthropology from Stanford University. His studies on the psychological and physiological aspects of combat stress, described in his books, Men, Stress and Viet Nam and Psychology and Physiology of Stress, are considered classics in the field of psycho-endocrinology.