The talk, "The U.S. Military Response in Today's Middle East," will address the geopolitical challenges in the ever-changing security environment in the Middle East. Gen. Abizaid was the longest-serving commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Abizaid led military strategy and joint operations in 27 nations including the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, and Central Asia, before retiring as a four-star general in 2007. He also led the international coalitions that operated in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and the Persian Gulf. During his fifty-four months spent in combat zones, he worked to advance regional military, counter-terrorist, and counter-insurgency capabilities in order to help the nations against their threats to stability. This event is sponsored by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and co-sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke Political Science Department,the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and Duke International Relations Assocation. Parking will be available in the Public Policy lot.