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Retired Commander McChrystal to Speak at Duke

January 14, 2019

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, retired commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan who revolutionized the way military agencies coordinate counterterrorism efforts, will reflect on the U.S. since 9/11 during a free public talk on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Duke University.

Stanley McChrystal headshotThe Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture, “Seventeen Years at War: A Conversation with Gen. Stanley McChrystal,” will take place in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Fleishman Commons, 5-6:15 p.m., and will include an audience Q&A. Parking is available for a fee in the Bryan Center Visitor Deck.

A four-star general, McChrystal led the Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the military's most sensitive forces. His leadership of the JSOC is credited with the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and the death of the Iraqi al-Qaida 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, a 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 each year. McChrystal’s talk was previously scheduled for September 2018 but was postponed due to adverse weather.

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.