Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005 and expert in foreign policy and national security affairs, will speak on the excessive political influence of Pentagon contractors on U.S. foreign policy at Drake University.
The event will be held at Drake University, Des Moines, on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Col. Wilkerson was also associate director of the State Department’s policy planning staff under the directorship of Ambassador Richard Haass. During his thirty-one years in the U.S. Army he served as Deputy Executive Officer to then-General Colin Powell when he commanded the U.S. Army Forces Command, and Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Wilkerson is an outspoken critic of the Obama and Bush administrations’ policies in the Middle East. A member of the Republican Party, he is a regular expert commentator on television news talk shows providing analysis and opinion.
He is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William & Mary.
Wilkerson’s tour in Iowa is organized by AFSC’s “Governing Under the Influence” project, which calls attention to the excessive political weight of corporations that are able to invest millions of dollars in lobbyists, campaign donations, and advertising to secure lucrative government contracts and policies. As a part of the project, residents in Iowa and New Hampshire are trained to engage presidential candidates in direct dialogue (bird-dog) on the corporate influence behind militarism and incarceration. For more information go to http://gui.afsc.org/
Sponsors: American Friends Service Committee, Iowa Veterans For Peace, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility and Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship.