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Former Gen. Stanley McChrystal to Speak About 9/11 at Duke

August 7, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. -- Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who led the Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq and was top commander of American forces in Afghanistan, will reflect on the United States since 9/11 during a free public talk Friday, Sept. 14, at Duke University.

Stanley McChrystal headshot“Seventeen Years at War: A Conversation with General Stanley McChrystal,” will include an audience Q&A. This Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture will take place from 5-6:15 p.m. in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Fleishman Commons. Parking is available in the Bryan Center parking garage. 

Duke will livestream the event on the Sanford School’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

A four-star general who revolutionized the way military agencies coordinate counterterrorism efforts, McChrystal led the Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the military's most sensitive forces. His leadership of the command is credited with the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and the death of the Iraqi al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 2006.

“Few military figures have had a more profound effect on the Global War on Terror -- America’s response to 9/11 -- than has had retired Gen. Stan McChrystal,” said Peter Feaver, political science professor at Duke. “As we reflect on 17-plus years of responding to 9/11, we are fortunate to have someone with his experience and insight to stimulate our thinking.” 

Public policy professor David Schanzer, director of Duke’s Center for Terrorism and Homeland Security, will interview McChrystal.

McChrystal founded the McChrystal Group in 2011 to help businesses and global Fortune 1000 companies across sectors improve performance by challenging the hierarchical, command and control approach to organizational management. He sits on a variety of boards, many related to his military service, and serves as a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security brings counterterrorism leaders to Duke for the commemoration of 9/11 every September. Judith Kelley, dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy, will introduce McChrystal. 

The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture series is made possible by the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust. This lecture is sponsored by Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, Duke’s Program in American Grand Strategy, and the Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship Program at the Sanford School of Public Policy.