August 20, 2020

The Honourable John R Allen

The Brookings Institution

General US Marine Corps (Ret)

to address
A fireside Chat

The US Leadership in Asia

ICAS Fall Symposium Special

Humanity Liberty Peace and Security
The Korean Peninsula Issues and US National Security

September 10, 2020 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EDT USA

Washington DC

On-line Registration

(a link to be issued to registrant only)

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that General John R Allen will address the VIRTUAL ICAS Fall Symposium Special slated on September 10, 2020 in Washington DC.

John Rutherford Allen assumed the presidency of the Brookings Institution in November 2017, having most recently served as chair of security and strategy and a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. John is the co-author of the book Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence alongside co-author Darrell M West (Brookkings Press, 2020).

John served in two senior diplomatic roles following his retirement from the Marine Corps. First, for 15 months as senior advisor to the secretary of defense on Middle East Security, during which he led the security dialogue for the Israeli/Palestinian peace process. President Barack Obama then appointed him as special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, a position he held for 15 months. John's diplomatic efforts grew the coalition to 65 members, effectively halting the expansion of ISIL. In recognition of this work, he was presented the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award by Secretary John Kerry and the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Award by Director James Clapper.

During John's nearly four-decade military career, he served in a variety of command and staff positions in the Marine Corps and the Joint Force. John commanded 150,000 U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013. He is the first Marine to command a theater of war. During his tenure as ISAF commander, John recovered the 33,000 U.S. surge forces, moved the Afghan National Security Forces into the lead for combat operations, and pivoted NATO forces from being a conventional combat force into an advisory command.

Over the course of his career, John served in the Republic of Korea on several occasions and is the recipient of the Korean Defense Service medal. In addition, both as a general officer serving in Iraq and as commander of NATO ISAF forces in Afghanistan, General Allen proudly served alongside the members of ROK provincial reconstruction teams in Erbil, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq; and in Parwan, Afgahnistan. Korea's significant contributions during these conflicts dramatically improved the safety and the livelihoods of the Kurdish and the Afghan people.

General Allen’s first tour as a general officer was as the principal director of Asia-Pacific policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he held for nearly three years. In this assignment, he was involved extensively with policy initiatives involving China, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Southeast Asia. John also participated in the Six Party Talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and played a major role in organizing the relief effort during the South Asian tsunami from 2004 to 2005.

Beyond his operational and diplomatic credentials, John has led professional military educational programs, including as director of the Marine Infantry Officer Program and commanding officer of the Marine Corps Basic School. He twice served at the United States Naval Academy, first as a military instructor, where John was named instructor of the year in 1990, and later as commandant of midshipmen; the first Marine Corps officer to hold this position. He was the Marine Corps fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the first Marine officer to serve as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where today John is a permanent member.

Among his other affiliations, John is a senior fellow at the Merrill Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. He is an “Ancien” of the NATO Defense College in Rome, and a frequent lecturer there. John is the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign awards.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in operations analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Arts in national security studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National Defense University.

John recently opined a piece titled "A Moment of National Shame and Peril - and Hope".

Thank you.