FPA LIVE: A Conversation with Major General John S. Kem

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Event Details

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

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Event Speakers

    • Major General John S. Kem - Speaker
      U.S. Army Commandant, U.S. Army War College

      MG John S. Kem is the 51st Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. Kem was commissioned in 1985 through the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY, where he graduated as a distinguished cadet and earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He later earned a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration (Kellogg Business School) from Northwestern University. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, the Engineer Officer Advanced Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces where he earned a Master’s of Science in National Resource Management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and a Chartered Financial Analyst. 


      Most recently, MG Kem served as the first Provost of the Army University and Deputy Commandant of the Command and General Staff College (CGSC). He oversaw the reorganization of the Army’s education enterprise into a university structure, maximizing efforts to achieve valid academic credit for Soldiers’ education and experience, consolidating and improving the Curriculum and Faculty Development Programs and developing the Army University Press, the publishing arm of the Army University that includes “Military Review,” “The NCO Journal,” and the Combat Studies Institute. Additionally, MG Kem was responsible for the day-to-day operations of CGSC including: the Command and General Staff School, the School of Advanced Military Studies, the School for Command Preparation, the Army Management Staff College, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, GA, and the Warrant Officer Career College at Fort Rucker, AL. 


      MG Kem’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (w/Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (w/Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (w/7 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.

    • Sarwar Kashmeri - Moderator
      Fellow, FPA

      Sarwar Kashmeri is an international relations specialist, author, and commentator, noted for his expertise on U.S. global strategy and national security. He speaks frequently before business, foreign policy and military audiences. 

      “China’s Grand Strategy: Weaving a New Silk Road to Global Primacy,” (Praeger), his third book, was published in July 2019. It is a centennial book of the Foreign Policy Association where Sarwar is a Fellow. The book was released at a  Washington D.C. launch on 7 November 2019 featuring Kashmeri and former U.S. Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel.

      He is also an Applied Research Fellow of the Peace and War Center of Norwich University, Vermont, USA. He served a four year term as a non-residential Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security of the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C.

      Kashmeri has hosted “China Focus,” a podcast series for the Carnegie Corporation of New York and has recently discussed China’s Belt and Road Initiative on television with Deutsche Welle, the German news network, and in a series of interviews with Xinhua, China’s global news agency.

      He is the author of the U.S. Army War College’s monograph, “NATO and the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy; Intersecting Trajectories” and is a frequent guest speaker at the United States Military Academy/West Point. Kashmeri has appeared in well known publications including New York Times InternationalThe Guardian, U.S. News and World Report, Xinhua, and Global Times. His TV appearances include CNN, Sky News, Euronews, CSPAN, and Fox.  Formerly the CEO of a New York based international technology company, Kashmeri has also served as a communications advisor for several Fortune 100 companies.

      He earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering, both from Saint Louis University.


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