Location: JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London. NW3 6ET

11th December at 19:00

Tickets £25. HCUK Members only


General David H. Petraeus is one of the most prominent U.S. military figures of the post-9/11 era.  He has been described as the "most accomplished general of his generation," a leading warrior-intellectual, and “one of the great battle captains” in American military history.  Following his military service, he served as Director of the CIA.  He is now a Partner with the global investment firm KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute.   

During his 37-year career in the United States Army, General Petraeus served in Cold War Europe, Central America, the United States, Haiti, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the greater Middle East and central Asia.  He was most widely recognized for: his oversight of the organization that produced the U.S. Army’s counterinsurgency manual and overhauled all aspects of preparing leaders and units for deployment to combat; for his leadership of the Surge in Iraq; and for his command of coalition forces in Afghanistan.  He culminated his military career with six consecutive commands as a general officer, five of which were in combat, a record believed unmatched in the post-World War II era.    

After General Petraeus’ retirement from the military, following confirmation by the Senate by a vote of 94-0, he served as Director of the CIA as the Agency played the central role in a number of achievements in the global war on terror, established a strategic campaign plan for the Agency, and pursued initiatives to invest additional resources in the Agency’s most important element, its human capital.

General Petraeus has been awarded numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO, and United Nations medals. He has also been decorated by 13 foreign countries.  And he is believed to be the only individual who, while in uniform, threw out the first pitch of a World Series game and did the coin toss at a Super Bowl.

On the 11th of December he will be discussing the role of the military, and what it takes to be a leader in some of the most difficult and extraordinary situations imaginable, with former Chair of the Charity Commission, William Shawcross CVO, who is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and whose knowledge of international justice stretches from early boyhood. His father, Hartley, was Chief British Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials and served in the Attlee Government. This talk will be a fascinating look at a long and interesting career in the United States Army and Intelligence Community.