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From the Front Lines: Lessons in Leadership

Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
A conversation with General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal, former Commander, U.S. International Security Assistance Forces Afghanistan and Evan Thomas, author, former Washington bureau chief and editor at large, Newsweek magazine

Retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and former commander of the premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), will present a public talk titled, “From the Front Lines: Lessons in Leadership,” at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 in Robertson Hall at the Woodrow Wilson School. He will be joined in conversation with Evan Thomas, author, former Washington bureau chief and editor at large, Newsweek magazine. McChrystal is visiting the School as the 2014 Anna and G. Mason Morfit ’97 Distinguished Visitor. A book sale and signing of "My Share of the Task: A Memoir” will follow the discussion. THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT*

A 1976 West Point graduate, McChrystal is best known for developing and implementing the current counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that transformed the interagency operating culture. 

After 9/11 and until his retirement in 2010, McChrystal spent more than seven years deployed to combat in a variety of leadership positions. In 2002, he was the chief of staff for military operations in Afghanistan. From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal commanded JSOC where he led the U.S. Military’s counter-terrorism efforts all over the world. In June of 2009, McChrystal was appointed Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and NATO ISAF.   His command included more than 150,000 troops from 45 allied countries. 

McChrystal is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation. He is co-founder and a partner of the McChrystal Group, which began in January 2011. The group’s mission is to deliver innovative leadership solutions to American businesses to help them transform and succeed in challenging and dynamic environments.

General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal gave a TED talk about what he learned about leadership during his career in the military. 

Evan Thomas is the author on eight books, and is currently working on a biography of Richard Nixon for Random House.  Thomas was a writer, correspondent and editor for 33 years at Time and Newsweek, including ten years (1986-1996) as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek, where he was editor at large when he retired in 2010. He wrote more than 100 cover stories and in 1999 won a National Magazine award for reporting on the Monica Lewinsky scandal. He wrote Newsweek's 50,000 word election specials in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008. The 2004 election special issue won a National Magazine Award.Thomas has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton. From 2007 to 2014 he was Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence at Princeton.

Tickets will be available to all Princeton University students, faculty, and staff with PU ID on a first-come, first-serve basis, beginning Tuesday, October 21, at 12 noon at Frist Campus Center Ticket Office. Ticketing will continue from noon to 6 p.m., on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21 and 22, while supplies last.

Tickets for the general public will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, beginning Thursday, October 23, at 12 noon at Frist Campus Center Ticket Office. Ticketing will continue from noon to 6 p.m., on Thursday, October 23 through Friday October 31, while supplies last.

For those who were unable to get a ticket, there will be a wait line outside of Dodds Auditorium on Wednesday, November 5, beginning at 4:00 p.m. This event will also be simulcast in Bowl 016.