On November 8, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy hosted a candid conversation with General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus and Ms. Carla Anne Robbins. General Petraeus focused on the subject of the emerging foreign policy of the Trump Administration. In response to Ms. Robbins' pointed questions, General Petraeus' comments navigated a wide geographic spectrum, ranging from his insights into the domestic policy-making process, to the ongoing U.S. involvement in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Further, General Petraeus remarked on Trump's recently-completed trip to Asia, the use of social media in the policy process and the critical interplay between the different agencies involved in the policy process. These included intelligence, the military and the diplomatic corps.
The audience asked several strong questions were asked toward the end of the event, but one moment stands apart. The final question of the evening came from a gentleman studying at New York University who comes to the United States from Iraq.
He served as a translator for U.S. forces in the region for many years before finally earning a visa to complete his education. General Petraeus and this student shared a remarkable moment of mutual admiration that was met with enthusiastic applause from the audience.