General Anthony Zinni, 2004-05 Weissberg Chair
Retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni, widely hailed as a “warrior diplomat” and “warrior intellectual,” was named the 2004-05 Weissberg Chair in International Studies.
General Zinni served as special envoy for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the Middle East. He has also led special missions to Turkey, Pakistan, Kenya, Russia, Yemen, Indonesia, the Philippines and other states. Among his many commands, he has served as head of the Special Operations and Terrorism Counteraction section of the Marines; chief of staff of the Marine Air-Ground Training and Education Center at Quantico Marine Corps Training Facility; deputy director of operations U.S.-European Command; director of operations, Somalia Task Force; commander of the Combined Task Force protecting the withdrawal of U.N. forces from Somalia; and Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
As commander in chief of the Central Command from 1997 to 2000 and from November 2002 to March 2003, General Zinni had military responsibility for a vast region including most of the Middle East, East Africa and Southwest and Central Asia. He is the subject of Tom Clancy's book, Battle Ready, the fourth volume in his series of profiles of American military commanders.
Called “one of the most respected and outspoken military leaders of the past two decades” by CBS News, Zinni spent a week on campus and in the Beloit community, presenting a keynote address on the role of the U.S. military in the 21st century and participating in panel discussions on ethics and the use of military force and the ethics of humanitarian intervention. College Trustee Judith Miller’72, an attorney and former general counsel to the U.S. Department of Defense, was among the distinguished panelists to take part in the panel discussions.
General Zinni also had several engagements with members of the Beloit community, speaking at the local Rotary Club and meeting with retired and active members of the U.S. military at a campus reception.