John Coleman is an author, Constitutional scholar and analyst of world affairs, who speaks five foreign languages and was stationed in 14 different countries around the world. He has written several books and numerous papers analyzing the power structure of the world. He argues that a relatively small group of people - whom he calls “The Committee of 300” - constitute a ruling elite who are pursuing a goal of one-world government. Coleman's books have been influential among more well known conspiracy authors such as David Icke and Jim Marrs who quote him in their works. Coleman argues that the Muslim Brotherhood is a secret Masonic order created, with support from T. E. Lawrence, Bertrand Russell and St John Philby, to keep the Middle East backward so its natural resource, oil, could continue to be looted. Coleman has also criticized the Club of Rome, the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Global 2000, the Interreligious Peace Colloquium, the Tavistock Institute, and other organizations.