Christopher D. Kolenda

Christopher D. Kolenda is President and CEO of Kolenda Strategic Leadership (which consults for Central Asia Institute).  He commanded 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry (Airborne) in combat and served as Senior Advisor to the Department of Defense Senior Leadership and to three Commanders of International Forces (ISAF) over four tours in Afghanistan.  See his two books on applied leadership and strategy: Leadership: The Warrior’s Art and The Counterinsurgency Challenge.  Follow him @Chris_Kolenda.

"Why, after 14 years of spilling blood and treasure, is Afghanistan still mired in turmoil? Because its success is nobody's top priority."

By educating and empowering girls in the developing world, we might eventually send fewer Americans into combat overseas.