Biography

Col. (ret.) Ann Wright spent 29 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves.

In 1987, Col. Wright joined the Foreign Service and served as U.S. Deputy Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone, at the time the largest evacuation since Saigon. She was on the first State Department team to go to Afghanistan and helped reopen the Embassy there in December 2001. Her other overseas assignments include Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, Micronesia, and Nicaragua.

On March 19, 2003, the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Ann Wright cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation would be a violation of international law. She was one of only three persons who resigned from the U.S. government in opposition to the Iraq war. Since then, she has been writing and speaking out for peace. She has an MA a law degree from the University of Arkansas, and an MA in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College.

Areas of Expertise

  • Israel-Palestine conflict
  • Africa / Latin America
  • Diplomacy
  • Drone warfare
  • U.S. Nuclear Policy

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