George Bush, 41st President of the United States, will host a solemn commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the beginning of military operations to liberate Kuwait from occupation by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. The ceremony, to be held Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. at Texas A&M University, will include key Kuwaiti representatives and top U.S. officials who were in office with the 41st president during the historic period.
The Office of President of Bush, Texas A&M University and the George Bush School of Government and Public Service are organizing the program. The event is being sponsored by Shell Oil Company.
Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin will offer welcoming remarks for the commemoration at Reed Arena.
President Bush’s special honored guest for the commemoration is His Royal Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of the state of Kuwait. President Bush’s honored guests for the commemoration include: His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah; the 46th Vice President of the United States, the Honorable Richard B. Cheney; the 44th Vice President of the United States, the Honorable J. Danforth Quayle; the 61st Secretary of State of the United States, the Honorable James A. Baker, III; the 65th Secretary of State of the United States, the Honorable Colin L. Powell; former National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and President Bush, the Honorable Brent Scowcroft; and the Honorable Walter E. Boomer, General (ret), United States Marine Corps.
In connection with this commemorative event, the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs will host a Jan. 20 symposium of distinguished scholars and practitioners who will offer their assessments of the impact of the liberation of Kuwait on global politics and international security in the two decades since the Gulf War. The symposium will take place 2-4 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.
Participants in the symposium include Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies, King’s College, London; Michael R. Gordon, Chief Military Correspondent, the New York Times; Dr. Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations; and Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor of Peace and Development, University of Maryland, College Park. The symposium will be chaired by Dr. Jeffrey A. Engel, Kruse ‘52 Founders Professor, George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.