Embassy Row

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Barbara K. Bodine could soon be returning to the Middle East, this time as an ambassador, not as a diplomat under siege.

President Clinton this week included her on his latest list of ambassadorial appointments. Ms. Bodine was nominated as ambassador to Yemen. Seven years ago she was the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait when Saddam Hussein invaded, launching his mother of all mistakes that ended with the rout of his army and sanctions against his country.

But for the four months Ms. Bodine, U.S. Ambassador Nathaniel Howell and other diplomats held out under the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait City, Saddam with the fourth largest army in the world seemed to have a permanent grip on the tiny emirate.

In the book, "Embassies Under Siege," she explained that the American Embassy defied Saddam's order to leave Kuwait to show the U.S. refusal to recognize his occupation.

"We were staying," she wrote, "because, perhaps for once, there was meaning in that old cliche about the need to show the flag."

Ms. Bodine most recently was director of East African affairs at the State Department.

Mr. Clinton this week also nominated Daniel Fried to be ambassador to Poland. Mr. Fried, who joined the diplomatic service in 1977, has served for four years as a Central and Eastern Europe expert on the National Security Council.

Mr. Fried has served at the U.S. Consulate in Leningrad and at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade.

Mr. Clinton nominated B. Lynn Pascoe as his special ambassador to aide in negotiations to settle the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan.

He is currently co-chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Minsk Group, which is trying to deal with the dispute.

Mr. Clinton has selected David Johnson, a career Foreign Service officer who has served as a White House deputy press secretary and National Security Council spokesman, as head of the U.S. delegation to the OSCE with the rank of ambassador.

He also has named Kathryn Walt Hall, a Dallas businesswoman, as ambassador to Austria; Edward Shumaker, a lawyer from Concord, N. …