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Retired U.S. General John Abizaid to Discuss, "The United States and the Middle East: Strategic Choices for the Way Ahead," October 14 as a Montgomery Fellow

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 10/10/08 • Media Contact: Sarah Gomez • (603) 646-3661 

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John Abizaid
The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment presents retired U.S. Army General John Abizaid.

Invited to Dartmouth by the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment, retired four-star U.S. Army General John Abizaid will give a public presentation at Dartmouth during his upcoming residency as a Montgomery Fellow at the College. Abizaid is the second Montgomery Fellow in the fall series, "America 2008: Perspectives and Reflections." His visit follows that of Joan Didion, the writer, who was in residence as a Montgomery Fellow at the College for two days in early October. Abizaid will present, "The United States and the Middle East: Strategic Choices for the Way Ahead" at 4:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 14 in Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall.

Michael Mastanduno, Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Social Sciences and the Nelson Rockefeller Professor in Government, states, "General John Abizaid is an outstanding selection. He has been strategically positioned during the past several years in key areas central to U.S. national security - the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia. He brings a unique 'on the ground' perspective to the understanding of international politics and U.S. foreign policy that will be of great benefit to Dartmouth students and other members of the community." Mastanduno also served as a member of the committee that selected Abizaid as a Montgomery Fellow.

Abizaid retired from a distinguished military career in May 2007 after 34 years of active service. Following his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he rose from infantry platoon leader to become the youngest four-star general in the Army and the longest-serving commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM). As commander of U.S. CENTCOM he oversaw American military operations and strategy in a 27-country region from the Horn of Africa, to the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, to South and Central Asia. He replaced General Tommy Franks as U.S. CENTCOM commander on July 7, 2003 and was promoted to the rank of four-star general the same week. Admiral William J. Fallon succeeded Abizaid on March 16, 2007. Recognized as an expert in the field of Middle Eastern affairs, Abizaid is the first Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institute.

Established in 1977 through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth F. Montgomery (Dartmouth Class of 1925), the Montgomery Endowment was created "to provide for the advancement of the academic realm of the College in ways that will significantly add to the quality and character thereof, making possible major new dimensions for, as well as extraordinary enrichments to, the educational experience offered primarily to undergraduate students within the Dartmouth community."

The Montgomery series on America in 2008 will conclude with New York Times London Bureau Chief and journalist John Burns, whose lecture, "Five Years in Iraq: Which Way Home?" will occur Tues., Oct. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall.

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