Date(s) - 09/11/19 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Wednesday 09/11/19 Doors open: 12:30 pm Event: 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Inaugural Lester Crown Distinguished Lecture on US Foreign Policy
From Marine recruit, to Four Star General and Secretary of Defense, General Jim Mattis has witnessed the transformation of the United States’ national security outlook since the end of the Cold War. Protecting the nation and its global interest in this rapidly changing threat environment has required that the US military continually evolve its training, technology, and tactics, and Mattis’ career at the heart of this process has shaped his leadership philosophy. He joins Council President Ivo Daalder to share these lessons, and his perspective on the nation’s national security priorities.
Jim Mattis is a Marine four-star general whose battlefield innovations, leadership style, and clear strategic vision have won him the trust and affection of a generation of US and allied troops and millions of Americans. He is widely considered one of the most revered military leaders of our time. He led a battalion through minefields in Desert Storm (1991), a naval task force into Afghanistan in 2001, a division to Baghdad in 2003 and a combined army-marine force in Anbar Province. As a four-star general from 2010 to 2013, he served as Commander of US Central Command including all US forces in the Middle East. He subsequently served as Secretary of Defense. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he is currently the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Ivo H. Daalder
Ivo H. Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013. Prior to his appointment as ambassador to NATO by President Obama, Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Before joining Brookings in 1998, he was an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995-97. Ambassador Daalder is the author and editor of 10 books and is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the world’s leading newspapers, and a regular commentator on international affairs on television and radio. He was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.