Security Challenges Facing the Next US President: A Conversation with General (Ret) David H Petraeus

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In this wide ranging discussion, General Petraeus considered the security challenges facing the next US President.

RUSI hosted a conversation with General (Ret) David H. Petraeus, Senior Vice President of RUSI, Partner and 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.

Speaker Biography

General (Ret) David H. Petraeus is a Partner with the global investment firm KKR and the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He is also a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College, a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, Co-Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Institute’s Global Advisory Council, Senior Vice President of the Royal United Services Institute, and a member of the boards of the Institute for the Study of War, the Atlantic Council, and seven veterans service organizations.  He is also engaged in personal venture capital investing. During his 37-year career in the United States Army, General Petraeus was widely recognized for his leadership of the Surge in Iraq; for his oversight of the organization that produced the U.S. Army’s counterinsurgency manual and overhauled all aspects of preparing U.S. Army leaders and units for deployment to combat; and for his command of coalition forces in Afghanistan as they reversed the momentum of the Taliban and enabled the commencement of the transition of tasks to Afghan forces and institutions. After General Petraeus’ retirement from the military, he served as Director of the CIA. A graduate with distinction from the United States Military Academy, he also earned a Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program of international relations and economics from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and later completed a fellowship at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. 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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