Small Wars Journal

Counterinsurgency Leadership in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond

Counterinsurgency Leadership in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond

23 September 2009

National Press Club

Washington, D.C.

On 23 September 2009, the U.S. Marine Corps University and Marine Corps University Foundation will host a one-day symposium entitled Counterinsurgency Leadership in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond. The event will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and registration for a limited number of seats is now open to the public. Confirmed speakers include General David Petraeus, Brigadier General (select) H.R. McMaster, Dr. Peter Mansoor, Thomas E. Ricks, Dr. Eliot Cohen, Sarah Chayes, and many other distinguished practitioners and scholars.

In addressing the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, symposium speakers will examine how leadership - indigenous and foreign - has often meant the difference between success and failure. They will identify best practices in counterinsurgency leadership and explore methods for leadership improvement. In addition, the symposium will delve into the current debate over the prioritization of counterinsurgency in the development of America's national security organizations and strategy. While much of that debate has focused on the allocation of funding for military equipment or on international politics, this symposium will focus on the formidable leadership requirements for counterinsurgency and other future challenges.

The complete symposium agenda is available on the registration website. Because space is limited, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Point of contact:

Paul Trapp