WHO/​WHAT: Retired Gen­eral John Abizaid, former Com­mander of the United States Cen­tral Com­mand, will dis­cuss his insights into the United States’ involve­ment and future plans in the Middle East from a polit­ical and mil­i­tary stand­point, as part of a unique, inter­ac­tive event at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. Titled “The Way Ahead in the Middle East,” the event is pre­sented by the Office of the Pres­i­dent in con­junc­tion with Northeastern’s Middle East Center.

Denis Sul­livan, Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, will lead the inter­ac­tive lec­ture and dis­cus­sion. Sul­livan is also Director of the Middle East Center for Peace, Cul­ture and Devel­op­ment and Director of the Inter­na­tional Affairs Pro­gram, both of Northeastern.

Gen­eral Abizaid retired from the U.S. Army in May 2007 after 34 years of active ser­vice. He rose from infantry pla­toon leader to become the youngest four-​​star gen­eral in the Army and the longest-​​serving com­mander of United States Cen­tral Command.

During his career, he com­manded units at every level, serving in the combat zones of Grenada, Lebanon, Kur­distan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Units under his com­mand have included the 1st Infantry Divi­sion, a brigade in the 82nd Air­borne Divi­sion and two Ranger companies.

Widely con­sid­ered an expert in the field of Middle Eastern affairs, Gen­eral Abizaid holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity and was one of the first to rec­og­nize the pro­tracted nature of the ongoing con­flict against religious-​​inspired extrem­ists, which he has termed “The Long War.”

Gen­eral Abizaid is pres­i­dent of his own inter­na­tional secu­rity con­sulting firm, JPA Part­ners, LLC, which advises cor­po­ra­tions and public agen­cies. He was recently named the first Annen­berg Dis­tin­guished Vis­iting Fellow at the Hoover Insti­tu­tion, Stan­ford University.He works with the Pre­ven­tive Defense Project at Stan­ford and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment. He reg­u­larly speaks on lead­er­ship and inter­na­tional secu­rity through the Wash­ington Speakers Bureau. He is a member of the Council on For­eign Rela­tions and the Inter­na­tional Insti­tute for Strategic Studies.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 30th at 9:50 – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: West Vil­lage F, Room 20, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, 360 Hunt­ington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Jason Korn­witz at 617–373-5471 or j.​kornwitz@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.