Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of staff to secretary of state Colin Powell, delivers the keynote address at the 61st Annual World Affairs Council Conference at Asilomar. The theme for the 2007 conference was Rethinking the "War on Terror".
In the years since 9/11, the "War on Terror" has defined the Bush Administration's foreign policy. While no terrorist attacks have succeeded on US soil, many consider the global terrorist threat greater than ever. Critics also suggest that the emphasis on fighting terror has damaged American authority and leadership abroad.
Rethinking the "War on Terror" brought together some of the world's foremost experts who explored new foreign policy strategies. They critically examined military, political, social, and economic approaches, offering a roadmap to improve our security. The conference provided participants with a much better understanding of our foreign policy options and the ability to judge the ideas that our current and future leaders propose- World Affairs Council
Charles L. Frankel
Charles L. Frankel is principal of Frankel International Development Organization. He earlier was senior consultant to CIVICUS, a global NGO, and president of the International Development Conference.
Prior to that, he was director of community support for the InterPacific Group (1987-94). He has had extensive experience as an entrepreneur and manager in private, public and non-profit enterprises, as well as significant involvement in community development in the United States and abroad.
A member of the Bretton Woods Committee, Mr. Frankel serves as Chair of the Board of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and National Peace Corps Association and Board of Advisors of the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California. Mr. Frankel is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Botswana.
Lawrence B. Wilkerson
Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) Larry Wilkerson joined General Colin L. Powell in March 1989 at the U.S. Armyâ€™s Forces Command in Atlanta, Georgia as his Deputy Executive Officer. He followed the General to his next position as Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving as his special assistant. Upon Powell's retirement from active service in 1993, Colonel Wilkerson served as the Deputy Director and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia. Upon Wilkersonâ€™s retirement from active service in 1997, he began working for General Powell in a private capacity as a consultant and advisor.
In December 2000, Secretary of State-designate Powell asked Wilkerson to join him in the Transition Office at the U.S. State Department and, later, upon his confirmation as Secretary of State, Secretary Powell moved Wilkerson to his Policy Planning Staff with responsibilities for East Asia and the Pacific, and legislative and political-military affairs. In June of 2002, the Director for Policy Planning, Ambassador Richard Haass, made Wilkerson the associate director. In August of 2002, Secretary Powell moved Wilkerson to the position of Chief of Staff of the Department.
Wilkerson is a veteran of the Vietnam war as well as a U.S. Army "Pacific hand," having served in Korea, Japan, and Hawaii and participated in military exercises throughout the Pacific. Moreover, Wilkerson was Executive Assistant to US Navy Admiral Stewart A. Ring, Director for Strategy and Policy (J5) USCINCPAC, from 1984-87. Wilkerson also served on the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College at Newport, RI and holds two advanced degrees, one in International Relations and the other in National Security Studies. He has written extensively on military and national security affairs - especially for college-level curricula - and been published in a number of professional journals, including the Naval Instituteâ€™s Proceedings, The Naval War College Review, Military Review, and Joint Force Quarterly (JFQ).