NB!This event is held under the Chatham House Rule.
The Greater Middle East is once again at a boiling point. In Syria, a four-year civil war has claimed an estimated 160,000 lives, with no end in sight. Egypt has reverted to de facto military rule, with Islamists vowing revenge against what they view as the unjust ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood. Iraq – already riven by religious and ethnic hatred – is in the throes of an invasion by ISIS extremists who make even al-Qaeda pale in comparison in their capacity for brutality. In Afghanistan, democratic elections are being overshadowed by the threat of a resurgent Taliban.
In a period of momentous change, what prospects does the ‘Islamic world’ have for democracy, human rights and the rule of law? Is the US beating a hasty retreat from its role as guarantor of international stability, or is Washington prudently scaling back America’s overextended resources? What will America have left in its wake as it withdraws troops from its former battlegrounds of Iraq and Afghanistan?
By kind invitation of Damian Collins MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus, Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, and formerly Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan and of Coalition troops in Iraq. Gen. Petraeus will discuss the current unrest in Iraq, the recent elections in Afghanistan and the prospects for US strategic interests in an increasingly uncertain Middle East.
Please note that Chatham House Rule will be in effect throughout this event to stimulate open discussion and the sharing of information. Participants will thus be free to use the information received, but should reveal neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker, nor that of any other participant. The event is closed to members of the media.
General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus is Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. Prior to joining KKR, Gen. Petraeus served for over 37 years in the U.S. Armed Forces, including commander of Coalition forces in Iraq, head of U.S. Central Command and commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Following his military service, Gen. Petraeus served as CIA Director until November 2012.
Since joining KKR in 2013, Gen. Petraeus has directed the Institute’s thought leadership on geopolitical and macro-economic trends, as well as issues of environmental, social, and governmental concern.
Gen. Petraeus holds MPA and PhD degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center.