“Governing Under the Influence: Are Pentagon Contractors Driving U.S. Foreign Policy?”-talk with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

, former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005, will be speaking next week in Iowa from October 21 – 23 with our Governing Under the Influence project to address the excessive political influence of Pentagon contractors on US foreign policy. He has said that the military-industrial complex is “the principal influence on national security and ultimately on foreign policy decision-making.” You won’t want to miss these events in Ames, Des Moines, and Iowa City.
Col. Wilkerson has 31 years of experience serving the U.S. Army, is an outspoken critic of the Obama and Bush administrations’ policies in the Middle East, a member of the Republican Party, and is a regular expert commentator on television news talk shows providing analysis and opinion. Currently, he is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Ames: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 at 8 p.m. Iowa State University Sun Room, Memorial Union, 2235 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA.

Des Moines: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 at 7 p.m. Drake University, Olin Hall 101, auditorium in basement. 1344 27th Street, Des Moines, IA. (Across the street from Drake Track & Field Stadium. Parking lot available in SE corner of Forest and 27th Street)

Iowa City: Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. University of Iowa, Becker Communications Study Building, 25 South Madison St., Iowa City, IA. (Parking in UI Main Library Parking lot)


Sponsors for the Colonel Wilkerson tour include:
Veterans for Peace #161, Catholic Peace Ministry, Methodist Federation for Social Action – Iowa Chapter, Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace, STAR*PAC, Iowa State University Lectures Committee, We the People (Des Moines), PEACE Iowa, East-Central Iowa Move to Amend, University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship  
We hope to see you next week!