Tom Korologos, Former Senior Adviser in Baghdad, to Discuss Iraq Policy at Aspen Institute Speaker Series Program

July 2, 2008  • Institute Contributor

Tom Korologos, Former Senior Adviser in Baghdad, to Discuss Iraq Policy at Aspen Institute Speaker Series Program 

Aspen, CO, July 2, 2008 –– The 2008 Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series will feature a conversation with Tom Korologos, former senior counselor with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. Ambassador Korologos also served as the US ambassador to Belgium from July 2004 through February 2007 and currently serves as strategic advisor to DLA Piper LLP, a law firm in Washington, DC. Berl Bernhard, partner at DLA Piper, chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative and chairman emeritus of the Aspen Institute, will interview Ambassador Korologos.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at the Walter Paepcke Memorial Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. The series is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. Tickets for the McCloskey Speaker Series will be $10 each and will go on sale starting July 2 through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House. As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the lecture.

From May to December, 2003, Ambassador Korologos was Senior Counselor to Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, Administrator, Office of Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad and in the Defense Department, Washington, DC. He was also responsible for all CPA Congressional affairs including a key role in the passage of the President’s Iraq reconstruction supplemental budget request.

Prior to going to Baghdad, from 1975 to 2003, Ambassador Korologos served as Chairman of the Executive Committee and was co-founder of Timmons and Company, a Washington consulting firm. He served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs (Senate). He also served nine years under Senator Wallace F. Bennett (R-UT).

In 1980-1981 Ambassador Korologos served as Director of Congressional Relations for President Ronald Reagan’s transition and served both the Reagan and Bush Administrations as a volunteer assisting in various Senate confirmations. He also was Director of Congressional Relations for the National Bipartisan (Kissinger) Commission on Central America.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling Aspen Show tickets at the Wheeler Opera House at 970-920-5770. For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please contact Cristal Logan at 970-544-7929 or, call the information hotline at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at  

All programs listed below will convene at the Walter Paepcke Memorial Auditorium, located at 1000 North Third Street, Aspen, CO, unless otherwise noted.

Other speakers to be featured in the McCloskey Speaker Series include: 

July 22 Christopher Buckley, American political satirist and best-selling author “What’s In a Title?”
6:30 – 7:30 pm
July 29 Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and Principal, The Albright Group LLC
“A Conversation with Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright”
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Will be held in Doerr-Hosier Center
July 30 Cokie Roberts, best-selling author and renowned political commentator
“Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation”
6:30 – 7:30 pm
August 1 Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution and former Deputy Secretary of State
“The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation”
5:00 – 6:30 pm
August 6 John D. Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State
“Enduring US Foreign Policy Priorities”
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Will be held in Doerr-Hosier Center
August 12 Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health
“The AIDS Era: A Historical Perspective”
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Other public events at the Aspen Institute include:

July 21 A Special Event featuring His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan
5:00 – 6:30 pm – Will be held in Greenwald Pavilion
August 14 John McCain, presumptive Republican presidential nominee and Arizona Senator
3:00 pm – Will be held in Greenwald Pavilion

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Its international network includes partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Lyon, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Bucharest, and leadership programs in Africa, Central America and India.

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