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Oral history interview with Lawrence B. Wilkerson [electronic resource], 2011.

Creator: Wilkerson, Lawrence B.
Project: Rule of law oral history project
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Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell; Retired Colonel, United States Army.

Scope and Contents

Born: June 15, 1945, Gaffney, SC; education: Bucknell University, U.S. Army Armor School, Naval War College; career: executive Assistant to Admiral Stewart A. Ring, United States Navy Pacific Command; Director, United States Marine Corps War College; special assistant to Colin Powell as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1989-1993; policy planning staff member under Ambassador Richard Haass; Chief of Staff to Secretary of State, 2002-2005; discussions: war crimes, military and national security history, National Security Act of 1947, U.S. foreign policy, relationship between Departments of State and Department of Defense, torture; reminiscences: Vietnam War, testimony before 9/11 Commission, United Nations resolution on Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Bush administration realpolitik.


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Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 2011. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.

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