Joseph C. Wilson, IV served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from June 1997 until July 1998, responsible for the coordination of U.S. policy to the 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa. He was a principal architect of President Clinton's historic trip to Africa in March 1998 and a leading proponent of the Africa Trade Bill.
Wilson was the Political Advisor to the Commander-in-Chief of United States Armed Forces, Europe, 1995-1997. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic and to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe from 1992 to 1995. From 1988 to 1991, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. During "Desert Shield" he was the acting Ambassador and was responsible for the freeing of several hundred American hostages. He was the last official American to meet with Saddam Hussein before "Desert Storm."
Currently, Wilson is CEO of JCWilson International Ventures, Corp., a firm specializing in Strategic Management and International Business Development. He is also an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC.
The following links provide more information on some of the topics mentioned in NOW's interview with Joseph Wilson on the U.S. relationship with Iraq.
The Middle East Institute
The Middle East Institute was founded in 1946 and is the oldest organization of its kind. The Institute does not take policy positions, but publishes the quarterly Middle East Journal, where policy briefs, and programs are presented scholarly objectivity and tolerance on issues where passions are often intense. The Institute also offers an intellectual hub, an extensive library, resident experts, cultural and political programs and a forum for the exchange of ideas between analysts, scholars, and officials from the U.S. and around the world.
The White House
The web site of the White House contains information about the President of the United States, the Vice President, the West Wing and more. Current news updates provide details on the President's actions regarding the situation in Iraq.
UN News Service
The United Nations News Service features the latest statements from the Secretary-General and news on current UN talks and actions.
The Gulf War
A FRONTLINE in-depth examination of the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf crisis in which more than one million troops faced off against each other in the deserts of the Gulf states. From the Allied coalition's air war, to the ground assault, to the liberation of Kuwait, and the fallout of Saddam Hussein's retaining power, "The Gulf War" deconstructs what really happened, how it happened and why.
American Enterprise Institute
Founded in 1943 and located in Washington, D.C., the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is one of America's largest and most respected "think tanks." At AEI's annual dinner in February 2003, President Bush delivered a historic address on the need for a new government in Iraq and the role it could play in spreading democracy in the Middle East. Video, audio, and text of the speech are available on the AEI site.