Col. (ret.) Lawrence Wilkerson's last positions in government were as Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff (2002-05), Associate Director of the State Department's Policy Planning staff under the directorship of Ambassador Richard N. Haass, and member of that staff responsible for East Asia and the Pacific, political-military and legislative affairs (2001-02).

Before serving at the State Department, Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army. During that time, he was a member of the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College (1987 to 1989), Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93), and Director and Deputy Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia (1993-97). Wilkerson retired in 1997 and began work as an advisor to General Powell. He has also taught national security affairs at the George Washington University and is currently working on a book about the first George W. Bush administration.

Areas of Expertise

  • Vietnam War
  • Diplomacy / National security process
  • Iraq wars
  • China / Russia “new” Cold War
  • U.S. Nuclear policy
  • Defense budgetary process
  • U.S.-Iranian relations

Recent News

  • If Biden wants to respect and protect American troops, he must put a stop to stupid, endless wars
    Lawrence Wilkerson: If Biden wants to actually respect and protect American troops, he must put a stop to stupid, endless wars.
  • Lt. General Michael Flynn a “Disgrace to his Uniform” says Col. Wilkerson on MSNBC
    Former Lt. General Michael Flynn is facing intense scrutiny for floating the idea that President Trump should invoke martial law to overturn this fall’s free and fair presidential election. Lawrence Wilkerson, retired U.S. Army Colonel and former chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, joined MSNBC’s Chris Hayes to discuss his shock at Flynn’s willingness to intervene in battleground states and “re-conduct” the elections. He criticizes Flynn for inciting insurrection — “something a military officer shouldn’t do” — and says he should be rebuked and reprimanded for his actions. Watch the full clip here.