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Colin Powell, MBA Biography

Title:
65th United States Secretary of State
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“We’re committed to a two-state solution. I believe that’s the only solution that’ll work: a state for the Palestinian people called Palestine; and a Jewish state, the state of Israel, which exists. And what we have to do is get to a table where we can negotiate the terms of existence.

I don’t believe that we can accept a situation that results in anything that one might characterize as apartheid or ‘bantuism.’ What we need right now is for the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority to get control of security forces and to use those forces and use the other tools available to him to put down terror and to put down violence. And if that happens and we see that kind of commitment, then I am confident that we can move forward on the roadmap.”

“On-The-Record Briefing,” U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, Jan. 8, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Strategic Limited Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, 2005-present
  • 65th U.S. Secretary of State, 2001-2005
  • 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (the highest military position in the Department of Defense), Oct. 1, 1989-Sep. 30, 1993
  • Chairman of America’s Promise –- The Alliance for Youth
  • Honorary doctoral degree from Yeshiva University, 1993
  • Ronald Reagan Freedom Award, 1993
  • Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Dec. 1987-Jan. 1989
  • Distinguished Service Medal, Soldiers Medal, and the Secretary’s Award, 1988
  • Commanding general of the Fifth Corps, Germany, 1986
  • Military assistant to the Secretary of Defense, 1983-1986
  • Legion of Merit Award, 1971
  • Legion of Merit Award, 1969
  • Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, 1963
Education:
  • MBA, George Washington University, 1971
  • BS, Geology, City College of New York, 1958
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is the United States an Honest Broker in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?