Former CIA Director General Petraeus to Speak at Duke

Gen. David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army-Ret.), the former CIA director and commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, will speak in Duke University’s Page Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Petraeus will deliver the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture at 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Beginning Aug. 27, tickets will be available at ($6 processing fee) or in person at the Duke Box Office (no fee) to the Duke community starting at 11 a.m. and to the general public at 1 p.m. Tickets will be limited to one per person. Parking for the event is available in the Bryan Center garage for $5.

Petraeus served 37 years in the U.S. military, earning numerous honors and rising to the rank of four-star general. His military service includes commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and commander of the U.S. Central Command. He then served as the director of the CIA for 14 months, where he focused on global counterterrorism efforts, establishment of the Economic Security Center and increasing investments in human capital.

Petraeus, a West Point graduate, earned an MPA and a Ph.D. in international relations from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Peter Feaver, Duke professor of political science and public policy and director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, will host the discussion.

“General Petraeus is one of the most celebrated military leaders of our time,” Feaver said. “He has played a key role in the wars of the past decade and has the strategic vision to help us understand the challenges of the next decade. We are very fortunate to have him speak to us at this pivotal time in American national security.”

Petraeus is now chairman of KKR Global Institute and a visiting professor of public policy at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College. He is also a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California.

The event is sponsored by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and co-sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy, Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Duke Office of Global Strategy and Programs. For additional information, see