Lee H. Hamilton, the vice chairman of the nation’s 9/11 Commission and co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, presented his lecture, “American Foreign Policy after Iraq and Afghanistan,” on March 27, 2012, in the Memorial Union’s Great Hall.
Hon. Lee H. Hamilton
Director, The Center on Congress at Indiana University
Member of Congress from Indiana (1965-1999)
Lee H. Hamilton is one of the nation’s foremost experts on Congress and representative democracy. He represented Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years, establishing himself as a leading figure on foreign policy, intelligence, and national security. In the years since he left public office in 1999, he has continued to play a leading role in public affairs.
He served as vice chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission. He co-chaired the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel that assessed the situation in Iraq and in 2006 made recommendations on U.S. policy there.
He is currently a member of the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, the CIA External Advisory Board, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Task Force on Preventing the Entry of Weapons of Mass Effect on American Soil.
Among his published works are two books on the legislative branch—How Congress Works and Why You Should Care and Strengthening Congress. He writes twice-monthly commentaries about Congress and what individuals can do to make representative democracy work better. A leader in the growing national movement to expand and improve civic education, he serves as a Co-Chairman of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools.