Elizabeth French Hitchcock Lecture: Assessing the Geopolitical Challenges Facing the U.S. with General David Petraeus and Max Boot

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Foreign Policy Assoication
Off The Record

Event Details

Date:
Thursday, May 3, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
Location:
The New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street
Between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  
Email: 
[email protected] 
Telephone: 
(212) 481-8100 x251 
Admission Types
Members: Free
 

Event Description

Off The Record and the Foreign Policy Association jointly present the 2018 Elizabeth French Hitchcock Lecture.  General David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.), Chairman, KKR Global Institute, and Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, will take stock of the geopolitical challenges facing the United States.

The lecture will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. at the New York City Bar Association (42 West 44th Street, New York, NY).  Registration will begin at 12 noon.

** Doors will be closed at 1:00 p.m., but the lecture will be broadcast in the reception area.

This event is only available to FPA and OTR members.  No guests are permitted.

Event Speakers

    • General David H. Petraeus - Speaker
      U.S. Army, (Ret.)

      General (Ret) David H. Petraeus is a retired four-star general and former Director of the CIA.  During the 37 years of his military career, General Petraeus served in cold war Europe, the United States, Central America, Haiti, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In the decade following the 9/11 attacks, he was deployed for nearly seven years, culminating his career with six consecutive commands, five of which were in combat.  

      General Petraeus commanded the 101st Airborne Division during the fight to Baghdad in 2003 and throughout the first year in Iraq, this division was noted for having achieved a unique degree of success through a comprehensive counter-insurgency approach. He returned to Iraq in June 2004, having left only a few months earlier, to establish and lead both the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq, completing that tour in September 2005. After returning from Iraq in the fall of 2008, General Petraeus took command of the U.S. Central Command, overseeing the operations of all U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central and South Asia. In early July 2010, he deployed again, this time to command the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

       Following retirement from the military, in 2011, General Petraeus was appointed Director of the CIA during a period of many achievements in the global counter-terrorism effort.  

      General Petraeus has received numerous awards and medals from the U.S. military, State Department, NATO and United Nations and has been decorated by 13 foreign countries.

      Since leaving government, General Petraeus has been a partner with the global investment firm KKR and the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute.  He is also a member of the board of Optiv (a global provider of cyber security solutions and services), 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 10 veterans service organizations. 

      General Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy and subsequently earned M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees in an interdisciplinary program of international relations and economics from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

    • General David H. Petraeus
    • Max Boot - Speaker
      Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

      Max Boot is a military historian and foreign policy analyst, who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.  His book, “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam,” published in January 2018, became a New York Times best seller.  Mr. Boot has served as an advisor to U.S. commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also a senior foreign policy advisor to John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2007–2008, a defense policy advisor to Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2011–2012, and the head of the Counter-Terrorism Working Group for Marco Rubio’s campaign in 2015-2016.

      Mr. Boot has served as an advisor to U.S. commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also a senior foreign policy advisor to John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2007–2008, a defense policy advisor to Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2011–2012, and the head of the Counter-Terrorism Working Group for Marco Rubio’s campaign in 2015-2016.

      He is the author of three previous widely acclaimed books: The New York Times’s bestseller “Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present,” which The Wall Street Journal said “is destined to be the classic account of what may be the oldest as well as the hardest form of war”; “War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today,” which was hailed as a “magisterial survey of technology and war” by The New York Times; and “The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power,” which won the 2003 General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation as the best nonfiction book pertaining to Marine Corps history and was placed on Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy professional reading lists.

       

    • Max Boot

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