Current Global Security Challenges: A Conversation with General (Ret) David H. Petraeus

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RUSI hosted a conversation with General (Ret) David H. Petraeus, Senior Vice President of RUSI, Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, former Director of the CIA, and past commander of US Central Command and of coalition forces during the ‘surges’ in both Afghanistan and Iraq. 

In this wide ranging discussion, General Petraeus discussed the development of North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities, the state of the fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda, the situation in the Middle East, growth of threats in cyberspace, increasing strains on the rules-based international order, the US-China relationship and emerging US foreign policy.

General (Ret) David H. Petraeus joined the global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) in 2013 as Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He was made a Partner in late 2014. The KKR Global Institute is heavily involved in the KKR investment process and oversees the firm’s thought leadership platform focussed on geopolitical and macro-economic situations, as well as environmental, social, and governance issues. General Petraeus is also a personal venture capitalist, a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California, Senior Fellow at Harvard University and Senior Vice President of RUSI. Prior to joining KKR, General Petraeus served over thirty seven years in the US military, culminating his career with six consecutive commands, five of which were in combat – including command of coalition forces during the Surge in Iraq, command of US Central Command, and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, he served as the Director of the CIA, leading the Agency during a period of significant achievements in the Global War on Terror. General Petraeus graduated with distinction from the US Military Academy and subsequently earned MPA and PhD degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has received numerous US military, State Department, NATO and United Nations medals and awards, and he has been decorated by thirteen foreign countries.  He also has been a runner-up for Time’s Person of the Year, one of US News and World Report’s Top 25 leaders in America, the Daily Telegraph Man of the year, a Time 100 selectee, and one of Foreign Policy magazine’s top 100 public intellectuals. On 10 June 2013, RUSI presented the 35th Chesney Gold Medal to General Petraeus in recognition of his lifetime service and contribution to international defence and security.

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