U.S. Central Command Combatant Commander General (Ret.) Kenneth F. McKenzie Joins National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations International Advisory Board

Washington, D.C.: The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to announce that General (Ret.) Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., who stepped down as the Commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM) last month, has joined the National Council’s International Advisory Board. The Board provides strategic support to the Council’s Board of Directors together with its Founding President and Chief Executive Officer.

In announcing the appointment, National Council Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony stated, “We are honored that General (Ret.) McKenzie has accepted our invitation to join the Council’s Advisory Board. His exemplary record of public service is long and impressive. Few individuals can match General McKenzie’s experiences of having been immersed in the day-to-day management of security and defense relationships with America’s Arab friends, allies, and strategic partners. He will be an extraordinarily valuable resource, advisor, and conceptualizer with a wealth of problem solving experience as we work to continuously improve, strengthen, and expand the Council’s U.S.-Arab relations leadership development and bridge-building educational efforts.”

General Kenneth McKenzie speaking at the NCUSAR annual conference.

General (Ret.) Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., has been a Featured Keynote Speaker at several of the National Council’s Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conferences.

National Council Board of Directors Chairman John Pratt added, “General McKenzie has distinguished himself through a long career of effective leadership and selfless service during a time of enormous consequence for the United States and its partners in what is arguably the world’s most strategically vital region. The Council’s Board of Directors is delighted that he will be on hand to lend his hard-earned insights and analyses in furtherance of the Council’s educational mission. General McKenzie’s empirical involvement in navigating the shoals of the region’s strategic and geopolitical challenges and opportunities is unrivalled and not to be underestimated. It will be highly valued in determining how the Council’s programs, projects, events, and activities can continue to strengthen and expand the U.S.-Arab relationship.”

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