Former UN weapons inspector to discuss the coming war with Iraq


Scott Ritter, former head of United Nations weapons inspection Team (UNSCOM), will discuss "The Coming War with Iraq: How did we get here?” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, in the Anderson Center Concert Theater on the Binghamton University campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ritter joined the United Nations as a member of UNSCOM in 1991, taking part in over 30 inspection missions including 14 as chief. In 1995, his team discovered missile guidance equipment that Iraq had brought from Russia. Ritter then led a UN team into Iraq in January 1998 to perform additional inspections, only to be blocked by Iraqi officials who accused Ritter and the team of spying.

He is a ballistic missile technology expert with extensive experience in the military intelligence area of the United States armed forces, having undertaken a variety of assignments in the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. A former major in the U.S. Marines, Ritter also spent several months of the Gulf War serving under General Norman Schwarzkopf with Marine Central Command headquarters in Saudi Arabia.

Ritter has been called upon to testify in Congressional hearings and has engaged in talks with senior members of NATO and the European Union.  

Ritter used his experience in searching out weapons of mass destruction within Iraq as the basis for his book, Endgame: Solving the Iraq Problem-Once and for All (1999), in which he discusses American foreign policy in the Persian Gulf region and alternative approaches to handling the Iraqi crisis.  He also contributed to William Rivers Pitt’s book War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You To Know (2002) which discusses Iraq's present weapons capabilities and the White House's push for war on Iraq.

Ritter's lecture is sponsored by a host of campus groups including the Anthropology Graduate Student Union (AGSU), the Harpur College Dean’s Office, the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), the History Department, the Intercultural Awareness Committee (ICA), the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Middle East Cultural Association (MECA), the Middle East and North African Program (MENA), the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture program (PIC), the Sociology Graduate Student Union (SGSU), and the Teachers for Peace.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Campbell at 607-724-6456.

Last Updated: 9/17/13