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Former U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq to speak on 'How Did We Get Here?' Oct. 16

Scott Ritter, former chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq, will speak on campus Wednesday, Oct. 16. He will discuss "The Coming War with Iraq: How Did We Get Here?" at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Ritter joined the United Nations as a member of the weapons inspection team in 1991 and participated in more than 30 inspection missions, including 14 as chief. In 1995, his team discovered missile guidance equipment that Iraq had brought from Russia. Ritter then led a U.N. team into Iraq in January 1998 to perform additional inspections, only to be blocked by Iraqi officials who accused Ritter and the U.N. team of spying.

He is a ballistic missile technology expert with more than a decade of experience in the military intelligence area of the U.S. armed forces, with assignments in the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. A former major in the U.S. Marines, Ritter also spent several months of the Gulf War serving under Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf with Marine Central Command headquarters in Saudi Arabia.

Ritter's experience in searching out weapons of mass destruction within Iraq is the basis for his book, "Endgame: Solving the Iraq Problem - Once and for All" (1999). He explores the shortcomings of American foreign policy in the Persian Gulf region and alternative approaches to handling the Iraqi crisis. He is filming a documentary in Iraq, "Endgame: Closing the File on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction."

The lecture is presented by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Global Issues Forum, a student organization that seeks to broaden the understanding of global affairs on campus, and is co-sponsored by a number of other campus groups.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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