CANCELLED (MEC & Asian Studies Centre) The American Empire: How Much Longer Might it Remain Solvent?

CANCELLED (MEC & Asian Studies Centre) The American Empire: How Much Longer Might it Remain Solvent?

Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Venue: 
Investcorp Auditorium, Middle East Centre, St Antony's College
Speaker(s): 
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (Chief of Staff, US Department of State, 2002-2005)
Convenor: 
Dr Faisal Devji (St. Antony's College, Oxford) and Dr Toby Matthiesen (St. Antony's College, Oxford)

Lawrence Wilkerson's last positions in government were as Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff (2002-05), Associate Director of the State Department's Policy Planning staff under the directorship of Ambassador Richard N. Haass, and member of that staff responsible for East Asia and the Pacific, political-military and legislative affairs (2001-02). Before serving at the State Department, Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army. During that time, he was a member of the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College (1987 to 1989), Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93), and Director and Deputy Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia (1993-97). Wilkerson retired from active service in 1997 as a colonel, and began work as an advisor to General Powell.