Ambassador Joe Wilson Speaks At NMSU Friday

Oct 16, 2012

Ambassador Joe Wilson will speak about the unfolding events in Libya, Egypt and Syria in a provocative discussion sponsored by the International Security Studies Organization and Alpha Phi Sigma at New Mexico State University. The event, "Is the Arab Spring Becoming the Arab Winter?" is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Atrium of O'Donnell Hall.

The former U.S. diplomat served as the ambassador to Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe from 1992-1995. He is best known for his service during the Bush administration when he traveled to Niger in 2002 to investigate allegations that Saddam Hussein was attempting to purchase uranium. Wilson was the last American diplomat to ever meet with Hussein.

"Twenty months into the political upheavals sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa, it is evident the 'Arab Spring' label may have been mistaken or premature," said Yosef Lapid, a Regents Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. "As the 'Arab Spring' shows signs of degenerating into an Arab/Islamic 'winter' there is a need to engage in honest reflection and discussion regarding implications for U.S. foreign policy in this vital yet increasingly volatile region."

Wilson is expected to speak for about 40 minutes before answering questions from two moderators. An audience question and answer period will follow.

Alpha Phi Sigma is a national criminal justice honor society, and the ISSO is an organization for the advancement of research and awareness in the fields of homeland security, border security, food security and international governance.

The event is free and open to the public.