General (Ret.) David Petraeus Joins NCUSAR International Advisory Committee



General Petraeus Joins Collective of National Council Advisors Guiding U.S.-Arab Relations Educational Programs


Washington, DC: The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations [], founded in 1983, is pleased to announce that General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus has been named a member of the Council’s International Advisory Committee. While the Committee does not formally govern the organization, its members make suggestions and recommendations, assist with the Council’s development objectives, and provide strategic support to the Council’s board of directors together with its president and chief executive officer.

In announcing the appointment, National Council Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony said, “We are honored to welcome General Petraeus to this important position. His exemplary record of public service, extensive leadership experience, and understanding of the Arab world’s strategic and geopolitical challenges and opportunities are virtually unmatched. General Petraeus will be a valuable resource and advisor as we work to strengthen and expand the Council’s U.S.-Arab relations leadership development and bridge-building educational efforts.”

General Petraeus is one of the most prominent U.S. military figures of the twenty-first century. His military career culminated with six consecutive commands as a general officer, five of which were in combat. After General Petraeus’ retirement from the military, and following confirmation by the U.S. Senate with a vote of 94-0, he served as Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. General Petraeus is presently a Partner with the global investment firm KKR and the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute.

Over the past decade, General Petraeus was named one of America’s 25 Best Leaders by the U.S. News and World Report, a runner-up for Time magazine’s Person of the Year, the Daily Telegraph man of the year, a Time 100 selectee, and one of Foreign Policy magazine’s top 100 public intellectuals. He has been awarded numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO, and United Nations medals, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Combat Action Badge, and Master Parachutist Wings. General Petraeus has also been decorated by 13 foreign countries.

About the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations: Founded in 1983 and based in Washington, DC, the National Council is an American non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization. Among the Council’s eleven programs, projects, events, and activities dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world are flagship education, training, and leadership development programs for the emerging generation of young Americans and Arabs that seek to strengthen, expand, and improve the relations between the American and Arab peoples. Information about the Council can be found at