Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, former presidential envoy to Iraq and a leading expert on crisis management, terrorism, and homeland security, will speak at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. The event will be restricted to CMC students, faculty and staff only. However, public seatingwith a live feed of Bremer's addresswill be made available in McKenna Auditorium, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Bremer, who also will address members of the College's Res Publica Society at a luncheon in Los Angeles, was named the presidential envoy to Iraq on May 6, 2003 and served for 14 months as the administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authorityspearheading the coalition in building the new framework of Iraq.
Prior to being in Iraq, he was chairman and chief executive officer of Marsh Crisis Consulting Company, and from 1989 to 2000, served as managing director of Kissinger Associates, a strategic consulting firm headed by former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.
During his 23-year State Department career, Bremer was special assistant or executive assistant to six Secretaries of State. His overseas assignments have included service at the embassies in Afghanistan and Malawi and as deputy chief of mission at the American Embassy in Norway. President Reagan named him as ambassador to the Netherlands in 1983 where he served for three years. Bremer also served as executive secretary of the State Department and was President Reagan's ambassador at large for counter terrorism.
Bremer is one of the world's leading experts on crisis management, terrorism and homeland security. In September 1999, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, appointed him Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorism. In 2002, President Bush appointed Bremer to the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council. He has also served on the National Academy of Science Commission examining the role of science and technology in countering terrorism, and chaired a Heritage Foundation study, Defending the Homeland.
Bremer has a bachelor's degree from Yale University, a CEP from the Institut D'Etudes Politiques of the University of Paris, and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Bremer's visit is sponsored by the Res Publica Society, Claremont McKenna College's premier support group.