WINGATE – Marc Thiessen, an author and former presidential speechwriter, will give the inaugural James W. Nance Foreign Policy Lecture on May 30 at The Jesse Helms Center.
Thiessen is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies and writes about presidential leadership and counterterrorism. He’s a biweekly columnist for The Washington Post and a FOX News contributor.
A member of the White House senior staff under President George W. Bush, Thiessen served as chief speechwriter to the president and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Before joining the Bush administration, Thiessen spent more than six years as spokesman and senior policy adviser to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms.
His book on the CIA’s interrogation program, “Courting Disaster,” is a New York Times bestseller.
The lecture is presented by The Jesse Helms Center and the John William Pope Foundation. It is named in honor of Admiral James Nance, who grew up in Monroe with Helms. Nance served as the commander of the U.S.S. Forestall, deputy national security advisor to President Reagan and chief of staff to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.