USC Price School of Public Policy

David Petraeus

David Petraeus

Judge Widney Professor

Ph.D. in International Relations

Princeton University

Biographical sketch

One of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history, General David H. Petraeus—a highly decorated four-star general, whose distinguished military career spanned over 37 years and culminated in 6 straight commands (5 of which were in combat)—addresses the most significant global challenges facing us today, including ongoing international security issues, macroeconomic trends and the tasks of strategic leadership in the 21st century. Widely credited for changing the course of two wars—by dramatically reducing the violence in Iraq when he led the so-called “Surge” and later by halting the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan when he led the operation there—Petraeus was also instrumental in reshaping American military doctrine and then in implementing it when he led the conduct of comprehensive civil-military counterinsurgency campaigns. Serving in multiple campaigns —including nearly seven years deployed following 9/11—Petraeus has been described as one of the “great battle captains of American history.” His command during many years in combat has resulted in comparisons to Ulysses S. Grant, John J. Pershing, George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Following his military service, Petraeus led the CIA, where he oversaw significant achievements in America’s global counterterrorism campaign, pursued a substantial initiative to increase worldwide intelligence coverage, guided the development of a strategic plan for the Agency and oversaw the establishment of a new Economic Security Center.

General Petraeus earned a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1974 as a distinguished cadet, finishing in the top 5 percent of his class. He later received the General George C. Marshall Award as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College class of 1983. He subsequently earned an MPA and a PhD in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He served as assistant professor of international relations at the U.S. Military Academy and also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

Publications

Petraeus, D. H., & O’Hanlon, M. (2016, August 16). America’s Awesome Military. Foreign Affairs. Council on Foreign Relations.

Petraeus, D. H. (2016, August 12). The challenge in Mosul won’t be to defeat the Islamic State. It will be what comes after. The Washington Post. Washington D.C.

Petraeus, D. H., & Kolenda, C. D. (2016, July 7). Obama Asked the Military For A Plan to Protect Civilians. Here’s One. Defense One. National Journal Group.

Petraeus, D. H., & O’Hanlon, M. (2016, May 20). Take the Gloves Off Against the Taliban. The Wall Street Journal. New York City, NY.

Petraeus, D. H. (2016, May 13). David Petraeus: Anti-Muslim bigotry aids Islamist terrorists. The Washington Post. Washington D.C.

Petraeus, D. H., & Nikias, C. L. M. (2016, April 21). Veterans deserve universities’ loyalty: Column. USA Today.

Petraeus, D. H. (2016, March 26). David Petraeus: Brexit would weaken the West’s war on terror. The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group.

Petraeus, D. H., & Herbst, J. (2016, February 17). Putin Hasn’t Given Up His Designs on Ukraine. Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

Petraeus, D. H. (2016, February 9). David Petraeus on Strategic Leadership. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Harvard University.

Petraeus, D. H., & O’Hanlon, M. (2016, January 15). It’s time to unleash America’s airpower in Afghanistan. The Washington Post. Washington D.C.

Petraeus, D. H., & Bipartisan Group. (2016, January). Beyond Implementation Day: A Brief Statement on U.S. Policy Toward Iran. The Washington Institute. Washington D.C.

Petraeus, D. H., & O’Hanlon, M. (2015, December 2). The ‘do-something Congress’. The Hill. Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.

Petraeus D. H., & O’Hanlon, M. (2015, November 12). Petraeus and O’Hanlon: Recipe for American success. USA Today.

Petraeus D. H., & Goodfriend, S. E. (2015, November 10). How Business Can Honor Veterans’ Service. Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

Petraeus, D. H. (2015, September 23). Hearing Wrap-Up: General Petraeus on U.S. MidEast Policy. Foreign Policy Initiative. Washington D.C.

Petraeus, D. H. (2015, September 2). A Grand Strategy for ‘Greater’ Asia. The Lowy Institute. Sydney, Australia.

Petraeus, D. H., & Ross, D. (2015, August 25). How to put some teeth into the nuclear deal with Iran. The Washington Post. Washington D.C.

Petraeus, D. H. (2015, August 6). Sen. Lindsey Graham’s military service. The Washington Post. Washington D.C.

Petraeus, D. H., & O’Hanlon, M. (2015, July 7). The U.S. needs to keep troops in Afghanistan. The Washington Post. Washington D.C.

Petraeus, D. H., & Bhayani, P. (2015, June 25). An Agenda for Prosperity. Cable News Network.

Petraeus, D. H., & Bhayani, P. (2015, June 25). North America: The Next Great Emerging Market? Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Petraeus, D. H., & Bhayani, P. (2015, June 25). The Next Great Emerging Market? ForeignPolicy.com.

Petraeus, D. H., & O’Hanlon, M. (2015, June 10). The Ex-Im Bank and the Foundations of American Power. The National Interest.

Petraeus, D. H., Brown H., Cohen, W. S., Gates, R. M., Hagel, C., Panetta, L. E., Perry, W. J., Rumsfeld, D. H., Blair, D. C., Cartwright J. E., Giambastiani Jr, E. P., Mattis, J., Powell, C., Roughead, G., Shelton, H., Stavridis, J., & Willard, R. F. (2015, May 7). Former Defense Secretaries and Military Leaders Call for TPA and TPP. U.S. Coalition for TPP.

Petraeus, D. H., Serchuk, V., & Okuk, S. (2015, April 21).The Case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. International Finance for Global Investors. Institutional Investor LCC.

Petraeus, D. H. (2015, April 15). 5 ‘big ideas’ to guide us in the Long War against Islamic extremism. The Washington Post. Washington D.C.

Petraeus, D. H., & O’Hanlon, M. (2015, January 30). America on the way up. The Washington Post. Washington D.C.

Petraeus, D. H., O’Neil, S., & Zoellick, R. (2014, October). North America Time for a New Focus. Council on Foreign Relations.

Petraeus, D. H., & O’Hanlon, M. (2014, September 5). Petraeus and O’Hanlon: Export-Import Bank an easy call. USA Today.

Petraeus, D. H. (2013, October 29). How We Won in Iraq. Foreign Affairs. Council on Foreign Relations.

Petraeus, D. H., & O’Hanlon, M. (2013, April 30). Fund – don’t cut U.S. soft power. Politico. Arlington, VA.

Petraeus, D. H., & O’Hanlon, M. (2013, April 7). An American future filled with promise. Washington Post. Washington D.C.

Petraeus, D. H., & Goodfriend, S. E. (2013, March 26). Training Veterans for Their Next Mission. The Wall Street Journal. New York City, NY.

Petraeus, D. H. (2012, Summer-Fall). CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology, In-Q-Tel, and the Private Sector. Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies: 7-10. Falls Church, VA: Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

Petraeus, D. H. (2011, April 1). Ryan C. Crocker: Diplomat and Partner Extraordinaire. Army Magazine 61(4): 16,18. Arlington, VA: Association of the US Army.

Petraeus, D. H. (2010, October). Setting–and Capitalizing on–Conditions for Progress in Afghanistan. Army Magazine 60(10): 85-94.

Petraeus, D. H. (2010, April). Shoulder to shoulder in Afghanistan. Policy Options.

Petraeus, D. H. (2010). Counterinsurgency Concepts: What We Learned in Iraq. Global Policy 1(1): 116–117. doi:10.1111/j.1758-5899.2009.00003.x.

Petraeus, D. H. (2007, October). Iraq: Progress in the Face of Challenge. Army Magazine 57(10):115-123. Arlington, VA: Association of the US Army.

Petraeus, D. H. (2007). Beyond the Cloister. The American Interest Magazine [252].

Petraeus, D. H. (2007). The US Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. (Forward)”FM-3-24″[251].

Petraeus, D. H. (2006, March). A Conversation with Lieutenant General David H. Petraeus. Insights 3(1): 2-5,28-29. Suffolk, VA: Lockheed Martin.

Petraeus, D. H. (2006). Learning Counterinsurgency: Observations from Soldiering in Iraq. Military Review[250].

Petraeus, D. H. (2004). Lessons of the Iraq War and Its Aftermath. Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Petraeus, D. H., Carr, D. P., & Abercrombie, J. C. (1997, May-June). Why We Need FISTs—Never Send a Man When You Can Send a Bullet. Field Artillery (3):3-5. Fort Sill, OK: US Army Field Artillery School.

Petraeus, D. H., & Brennan, R. A. (1997, February). Walk and Shoot Training. Infantry Magazine 87(1): 36-40. (Ft. Benning, GA: U.S. Army Infantry School.

Petraeus, D. H. (1989, Summer). Military Influence And the Post-Vietnam Use of Force. Armed Forces & Society 15(4): 489–505. Piscataway, NJ: SAGE Publications. doi:10.1177/0095327X8901500402. OCLC 49621350.

Golden, J. R., Kaufman, D. J., Clark, A. A., & Petraeus, D. H. (Eds.)(1989). NATO at Forty: Change Continuity, & Prospects. Westview Pr.

Petraeus, D. H. (1987, December). Korea, the Never-Again Club, and Indochina. Parameters 17(4): 59-70. Carlisle, PA: U.S. Army War College.

Petraeus, D. H. (1987, February). El Salvador and the Vietnam Analogy. Armed Forces Journal International.

Clark, A. A., Kaufman, D. J., & Petraeus, D. H. (1987, February). Why an Army? Army Magazine 38(2): 26–34.

Petraeus, D. H. (1987). The American military and the lessons of Vietnam : a study of military influence and the use of force in the post-Vietnam era. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University. OCLC 20673428.

Taylor, William J., Jr., & Petraeus, D. H. (1987). The legacy of Vietnam for the U.S. military. In Osborn, George K. (Ed.) Democracy, strategy, and Vietnam : Implications for American Policy Making. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.

Petraeus, D. H. (1986, Autumn). Lessons of History and Lessons of Vietnam. Parameters 16(3): 43–53. Carlisle, PA: US Army War College.

Petraeus, D. H. (1985, January). Review of Richard A. Gabriel’s The Antagonists: A Comparative Combat Assessment of the Soviet and American Soldier. Military Affairs 49(1): 17–22. Lexington, VA: Society for Military History. doi:10.2307/1988272. JSTOR 1988272. OCLC 37032240.

Petraeus, D. H. (1984, December). Light Infantry in Europe: Strategic Flexibility and Conventional Deterrence. Military Review 64:33–55.

Petraeus, D. H. (1983, November). What is Wrong with a Nuclear Freeze. Military Review 63:49–64.

Lorenz, G. C., Willbanks, J. H., Petraeus, D. H., Stuart, P. A., Crittenden, B. L., & George, D. P. (1983). Operation Junction City, Vietnam 1967 : battle book. Ft. Leavenworth, KS: United States Army Command and General Staff College, Combat Studies Institute.

Media Spotlights and Citations

Lippman, D. (2016, August 23). Playbook Interview: David Petraeus. Politico.

CBS. (2016, August 16). Petraeus: Unrest in Iraq will trouble “several presidents to come”. CBS Interactive Inc.

Iconic Voices with Jeff Cunningham. (2016, July 27). General David Petraeus: The Surge of Ideas and The Loneliness of Command. Youtube.

Conversations with Bill Kristol. (2016, July 3). General David Petraeus on American Leadership in the World. The Foundation for Constitutional Government Inc.

Aspen Ideas. (2016, June 30). Global Affairs: Our Age of Insecurity What Keeps You Up at Night, General? The Aspen Institute. Paepcke Auditorium. Aspen, Colorado.

Bergen, P. (2016, June 22). David Petraeus: ISIS is on its way to defeat but terrorism threat persists. Cable News Network.

Charlie Rose. (2016, June 2). David Petraeus, retired four-star general and the former director of the C.I.A., discusses the ongoing battle for Fallujah. Charlie Rose LLC.

Breslow, J. M. (2016, May 17). David Petraeus: “No Substitute” for U.S. Leadership in Iraq, Syria. PBS. Frontline. WGBH Educational Foundation.

Kredell, M. (2016, April 15). Petraeus discusses Iraq War, counterinsurgency during USC Price visit. University of Southern California News.

Corey, S. (2016, April 13). Shark Tank, Trojan-Style. University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering.

USC Price. (2016, April 6). Highlights: The Iraq War – Past, Present, & Future. Youtube.

Nolan, C., & Guevara, Y. (2016, April 3). NewsConference Extra Higher Education for Veterans a Must. NBC Los Angeles. NBC Universal Media.

FOX. (2016, March 18). David Petraeus Talks Elections, American Safety on ‘Wall Street Week’ Debut. FOX News Network.

Conversations with Bill Kristol. (2016, February 14). General David Petraeus on his Command in Iraq. The Foundation for Constitutional Government Inc.

Wong, K. (2016, February 11). Petraeus doubts Syria can be put back together again. The Hill. Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.

Druhora, D. (2015, November 6). Hot tech startups get investors’ attention at ‘Real Deal @ USC’ event. University of Southern California News.

FOX. (2015, October 27). Gen. David Petraeus in Fort Worth for veterans job fair. FOX News Network.

Bannister, M. (2015, October 25). General John Galvin, Joan Leslie, Michael Meacher, Howard Kendall, Jerry Parr and Coleridge Goode. BBC News.

The Interview. (2015, October 22). David Petraeus: Syria is a ‘geopolitical Chernobyl’. France 24.

Wall Street Week. (2015, October 18). Wall Street Week Episode 26 General David Petraeus Part 2. Youtube.

MSNBC. (2015, October 14). On the water with David Petraeus. NBC Universal.

NY Times. (2015, September 22). Petraeus Warns of Danger in Syria. New York Times Company.

Gordon M. R., & Schmitt E. (2015, September 22). David Petraeus Urges Stronger U.S. Military Effort in Syria. New York Times Company.

Tapper, J. (2015, September 1). EXCLUSIVE: Petraeus explains how jihadists could be peeled away to fight ISIS — and Assad. Cable News Network.

Tilghman, A. (2015, August 16). Retired brass avoid firm positions on Iranian nuke deal. Pakistan Defence. MilitaryTimes.

ABC. (2015, August 11). General David Petraeus Talks Team Rubicon On ‘The View’. The View. ABC Studios.

The Aspen Institute. (2015, August 7). The Iran Deal: Gen. Petraeus & Others Break It Down. YouTube.

Sales, L. (2015, July 7). Syria is ‘a geopolitical Chernobyl’ says former US army chief. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Friedersdorf, C. (2015, July 3). David Petraeus on Syria Attacking Iran, and the Threat From ISIS. The Atlantic Monthly Group.

CBS. (2015, June 3). Petraeus: U.S. needs to reevaluate ISIS strategy. CBS Interactive Inc.

Marcus, J. (2015, June 1). IS conflict: Petraeus urges Iraq to use politics to win. BBC News Education.

Kazin, M. (2015, June 1). Petraeus: Some Form of Patriot Act Must Be Renewed. FOX News Network.

Vosbikian, C. (2015, May 29). Q&A: David Petraeus GS ‘85 GS ‘87. The Daily Princetonian. Princeton University.

Zito, S. (2015, May 24). Unquestionable Courage & Sacrifice. RealClearPolitics.

FOX. (2015, May 10). Gen. Petraeus on state of Iran and Afghanistan; ISIS threat. FOX News Network.

Sly, L. (2015, March 20). Petraeus: The Islamic State isn’t our biggest problem in Iraq. The Washington Post. Washington D.C.

KKR. (2015, January). KKR’S David Petraeus discusses long-term trends in energy with Royal London Asset Management. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Dūcere. (2015). General David Petraeus. Dūcere Global Business School.