Panel Discussion: Iraq and Afghanistan – A decade of war: Lessons Learned?

“Iraq and Afghanistan – A decade of war: Lessons Learned?”

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Friday, April 27, 2012
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Room 220 – SMG
595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

Free and open to the public.


  • Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, Professor Bacevich taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins.
  • David Greenway is a contributing columnist for the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, and GlobalPost. He previously served as the editorial page editor of the Boston Globe, and prior to that as its national editor, and as foreign editor tasked with setting up the Globe’s foreign news bureaus.
  • Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith is the Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his work focuses on Iraq, the greater Middle East, and conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction, specifically in the Balkans, Indonesia, Iraq, India/Pakistan, and Southeast Asia. From 1979 to 1993, Galbraith was a senior advisor on Near East and South Asia and international organizations to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. From 1993 to 1998, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Croatia where he was actively involved in the Croatia and Bosnia peace processes. In 1995, he helped mediate the Erdut Agreement that ended the war in Croatia by providing for peaceful reintegration of Serb-held Eastern Slavonia into Croatia.  In 2009, he served as the United Nation’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.
  • General David McKiernan commanded all US and ISAF personnel in Afghanistan from 2008-2009. In addition to overseeing combat operations, Gen. McKiernan interacted with Afghan leaders ranging from tribal elders to President Hamid Karzai and his government. In his capacity as Commander, ISAF, Gen. McKiernan led forces from 42 nations, supervised the growth of Afghan security forces, dealt routinely with Ambassadors, foreign heads of state and ministers and the Pakistani military. General McKiernan retired from active service in the US Army in August 2009. He holds a BA in History from the College of William and Mary, MA in Public Administration from Shippensburg University and an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from the College of William and Mary.

Moderator: John Carroll, assistant professor of Mass Communications at Boston University, is a veteran of both the advertising and journalism worlds. For five years he was executive producer of news programs at WGBH-TV in Boston; for the three years previous to that, he was producer/panelist on the daily show Greater Boston and the weekly program Beat the Press. Over the past 20 years he has also written extensively on advertising and the media as a regular columnist for the Boston Globe and Adweek magazine, and as a commentator on WBUR-FM and National Public Radio.

Free and open to the public. Seats are limited. Please let us know if you plan to attend.