Janet Breslin-Smith is on the adventure of a lifetime as she accompanies her husband, Ambassador James Smith, to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the first ambassador's wife returning to the Kingdom after a five-year absence. While in Saudi Arabia, she hopes to write about the growth of women's higher education in the Kingdom.
If past is prologue, her professional experience in the U.S. Congress, with the U.S. military and in higher education, paved the way for a rich interaction with a new generation of Saudi women leaders. Breslin-Smith served on the staffs of three U.S. Senators, including Patrick Leahy (D-VT). During her 12 years with Senator Leahy, she was his legislative director and then deputy staff director of the Senate Agriculture Committee when he assumed chairmanship.
Shortly after the Gulf War, she joined the faculty at the National War College, where she taught senior military officers and diplomats, as well as foreign military officers, in a year-long, graduate-level course in national security strategy. She eventually served as department chair and was named Outstanding Professor in 2006. She has just completed a book, The National War College: A History of Strategic Thinking in War and Peace, due out this spring. Breslin-Smith is the proud mother of a CU graduate, Glenna Breslin, class of 2008.