McChrystal and Kerry weigh in on U.S. counterterrorism efforts

Speaking to former Secretary of State John Kerry at Yale’s Greenberg Conference Center, Gen. (retired) Stanley McChrystal emphasized the importance of effective diplomacy and candid dialogue between leaders in global conflict resolution.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Kerry and McChrystal reviewed many aspects of U.S. counterterrorism efforts with a specific focus on Afghanistan, where McChrystal was Commander of U.S. forces and Kerry spent significant time during his tenure as Secretary of State.

The conversation, which took place before a standing-room-only audience in the Greenberg Center Auditorium on Feb. 23, was part of the day-long Yale Special Operations and Interagency Academic Symposium. Other speakers, including faculty scholars, global affairs practitioners and military leaders, addressed a variety of topics under the theme, “the future of U.S. counterterrorism.”

Reflecting on the time he spent in Afghanistan working with former president Hamid Karzai, Kerry encouraged the audience to take the long view when considering the outcomes of U.S. involvement there.