Former U.S. Ambassador To Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry To Speak At Duke

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry will speak on Thursday, March 6, at Duke University about his experiences in Afghanistan and the future of the country following the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. in Fleishman Commons at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy.

Eikenberry, also a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, will discuss foreign policy challenges America will face over the next 20 years, what the United States has learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, America's response to the growth of China, U.S. civil-military relations and U.S. defense strategy.

Eikenberry served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2011 and as chief of mission in Kabul. Prior to this appointment, he served in the U.S. Army for 35 years and received numerous military awards. He served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and was commander of the Combined Forces.

After graduating from the U.S Military Academy, Eikenberry earned a master’s degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University and in political science from Stanford University.  He is currently the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and a faculty member of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford.

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

“Karl Eikenberry has served, in and out of uniform, in some of the most consequential national security assignments in recent times,” Feaver said. “He combines a broad and distinguished background with a detailed insider perspective. He played a pivotal role in President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy review that led to the decision to surge troops to that war, and is well-positioned to help us make sense of the current trajectory of the war.”

The Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture is hosted by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and the Sanford School of Public Policy with support from the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Alexander Hamilton Society.