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American Policy in Middle East Topic of Garfield Seminar – Oct. 28

Left to right: Paul Bremer, Paul Wolfowitz, David Aaron

Left to right: Paul Bremer, Paul Wolfowitz, David Aaron

The Garfield Institute for Public Leadership at Hiram College will welcome former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and former presidential envoy to Iraq L. Paul Bremer III for a special seminar on Monday, Oct. 28. Wolfowitz and Bremer will discuss “American Policy in the Middle East: Options and Limitations.” The seminar is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. in the Hiram College Kennedy Center.

Wolfowitz spent more than 24 years in the United States government under seven presidents, four years as Deputy Secretary of Defense and two years as President of the World Bank. He also served as Ambassador to Indonesia. As Deputy Secretary of Defense, Wolfowitz’s responsibilities included policy development in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and guiding the conduct of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Bremer’s diplomatic service spanned 40 years under eight presidents.  He was a Special Assistant to six Secretaries of State including time as Henry Kissinger’s Chief of Staff. President Ronald Reagan appointed him Ambassador to Netherlands and then Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism. After 9/11, Bremer was appointed Presidential Envoy to Iraq and was charged with beginning the country’s political and economic reconstruction.

Serving as the moderator for the seminar will be David Aaron, former Deputy National Security Advisor and member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and National Security Council where he was responsible for nuclear strategy and arms control.

Wolfowitz and Bremer will each give a 30-minute presentation followed by a question and answer period. They will focus their remarks on the challenges and opportunities for creating a viable democracy in the Middle East and the ways in which the United States could/should be involved in the effort.

Since its formation the Garfield Institute has regularly brought to campus policy leaders to engage with the Hiram community in discussions on matters of domestic and international policy.

The event is free and open to the public. A private reception and dinner is planned after the presentation. For more table sponsorship and ticket information, call Kathy Luschek at 330-569-6118 or through email at luschekk@hiram.edu.

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One Comment

  1. Linda StammOctober 18, 2013 at 7:19 pmReply

    Bremer, Wolfowitz, along with Rumsfeld and Chaney were the worst of the worst in Bush’s circle of war hawks. These were people who lied to Americans and to the world to justify going into Iraq (remember the WMD’s — Weapons of Mass Destruction the Iraqis were supposed to have had, but didn’t). These were the people who justified torture and mass bombings of civilians. We are suffering with the consequences of their actions — difficulty getting out of Iraq 12 years later; paying for the war which is the main reason for the increase of the national debt; tens of thousands of Americans dead, maimed, and/or suffering from PTSD; as well as the destruction of Iraq itself. And then, to add insult to injury, Wolfowitz was the one who was fired from the World Bank (made to resign) because of a lucrative pay and promotion package he arranged in 2005 for his girlfriend.

    They certainly have the right to speak, but why invite these scoundrels?