ISW Hosts General David H. Petraeus

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January 22, 2010

In a candid conversation, General Petraeus discussed the greatest challenges in his area of responsibility (AOR) as CENTCOM commander

Washington, D.C. - The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) was honored to host General David H. Petraeus today for a conversation with Dr. Kimberly Kagan entitled, CENTCOM in 2010: Views from General David H. Petraeus. General Petraeus discussed his competing regional priorities at U.S. Central Command and offered a strategic overview of his AOR, explaining the dynamic effect it has on American national security.

He also spoke enthusiastically about the influence of ISW's work in military affairs. "ISW&rsquo's independent analysis is absolutely critical to the decisions made by Commanders,"General Petraeus told the audience of 100 defense journalists, military leaders and policy makers.

"ISW was honored to host such a distinguished commander and soldier. General Petraeus' frank discussion amplified the policy challenges facing the United States in the Middle East, the opportunities for a strategic partnership in Iraq, the critical mission in Afghanistan and the threat we face from Iran,"said ISW President Kimberly Kagan.

The event was part of ISW's Field Reports, a military speaker series which hosts commanders returning from Iraq or Afghanistan in a series that offers an unvarnished view of the wars, fresh from the field. Past guests include: Major Generals Michael Jones, Mark Hertling, and Robert Caslen; Brigadier General Joseph Anderson; and Colonels David Sutherland, Stephen Twitty, Ricky Gibbs, H.R. McMaster, Charles Flynn, Christopher Kolenda, and William Hickman.

Shortly, a transcript and video of the event will be available at

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