Join us for the Wendy P. McCaw
Reagan Ranch Roundtable luncheon featuring John Bolton, the 25th US Ambassador to the United Nations, on
Friday, July 27th at
RSVP is required by all guests
(including students) by July 20th to Amy Brooker at 805-957-1980.
SPACE IS LIMITED.
$45/person at the door
Free for full-time students!
John R. Bolton was appointed as
United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations on
August 1, 2005 and served until his resignation in December 2006.
Prior to his appointment, Bolton served as Under Secretary of State
for Arms Control and International Security from May 2001 to May
Throughout his distinguished career,
Bolton has been a staunch defender of American interests. During
his tenure at the United Nations, he was a leading voice on the
need for the Security Council to take strong and meaningful action
against the nuclear weapons programs of both Iran and North Korea.
Along with France's ambassador, Bolton led the Security Council to
approve a unanimous resolution to end the summer 2006 Hezbollah war
on Israel, to authorize U.N. peacekeepers and to create an arms
embargo against Hezbollah. He also assembled an international
coalition that blocked the bid of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's Marxist
strongman, to join the Security Council.
Bolton was also an advocate for
human rights while serving at the UN. He arranged the Security
Council's first deliberations on Burma's human rights abuses. He
invited actor George Clooney and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel to
brief the Security Council in September 2006 on the Khartoum
regime's mass-murder of non-Arabs in Darfur, Sudan. "Every day we
delay only adds to the suffering of the Sudanese people and extends
the genocide," Bolton said. He engineered the Security Council's
approval of 22,500 U.N. peacekeepers in Darfur. Bolton worked to
pressure Sudan's government to accept these personnel atop the
7,000 African Union soldiers already on site.
Bolton has spent many years of
his career in public service. Previous positions he has held
include assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs
at the Department of State, 1989-1993; assistant attorney general,
Department of Justice, 1985-1989; assistant administrator for
Program and Policy Coordination, U.S. Agency for International
Development, 1982-1983; and general counsel, U.S. Agency for
International Development, 1981-1982.
Bolton is also an attorney.
Currently, he is of counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLC with a
focus on counseling clients on domestic and international issues in
complex corporate, litigation, internal investigations, regulatory
and competition matters. From 1974-1981, he was an associate at the
Washington office of Covington & Burling, where he returned as
a partner in the firm from 1983-1985.
Bolton is the author of Surrender is
Not an Option: Defending America at the U.N. and Abroad, published
by Simon and Shuster (November 2007) and How Barack Obama is
Endangering our National Sovereignty, published by Encounter Books
Bolton currently serves as a foreign
policy senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute ("AEI"),
a contributor to FOX News Channel and his op-ed articles are
regularly featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal
and The Washington Times. AEI is a nonprofit public policy center
dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of
freedom through research education, and open debate.
Bolton was born in Baltimore, MD, on
November 20, 1948. He graduated with a B.A., summa cum laude, from
Yale University and received his J.D. in 1974. He currently resides
in Maryland with his wife, Gretchen. He has one daughter, Jennifer
Sarah, an investment banker.