General David H. Petraeus to speak at the 2017 USC Global Conference

Former CIA Director GEN David Petraeus will participate in the 2017 USC Global Conference in Tokyo. (Photo David Hume Kennerly/GettyImages)

Conversation with the USC Judge Widney Professor will address the importance of the US-Japan partnership in safeguarding the Pacific Rim.

A discussion with USC Judge Widney Professor General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus will be a highlight of the USC Global Conference, which will take place at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo from September 21 – 23, 2017.

Petraeus will be joined by Yukio Okamoto, a foreign policy expert and former Special Adviser to Prime Minister Hashimoto and Prime Minister Koizumi of Japan, in a conversation titled “US-Japan: Shared Concerns in an Unpredictable Global Environment.”

Petraeus and Okamoto will discuss the evolving security threats within the Pacific Rim, and how the United States and Japan jointly can preserve regional stability in an era of global uncertainty.

In 2013, Petraeus was selected as a Judge Widney Professor at USC, a position named after the university’s founder and reserved for eminent individuals from the arts, sciences, professions, business, and community and national leadership.

Petraeus is also a partner in the global investment firm KKR, chairman of the KKR Global Institute, a member of the board of Optiv (a global cybersecurity solutions provider), and a personal venture capitalist.

Prior to joining KKR, Petraeus served more than 37 years in the U.S. military, including command of coalition forces during the Surge in Iraq, command of U.S. Central Command, and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, Petraeus served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Foreign policy expert Yukio Okamoto will join General (Ret.) Petraeus in a discussion at the Global Conference.

Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy and subsequently earned MPA and Ph.D. degrees in an interdisciplinary program in international relations and economics from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He later taught international relations and economics at the U.S. Military Academy and was a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College.

Petraeus has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO, and United Nations medals and awards, and he has been decorated by 13 foreign countries.

Petraeus is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, Co-Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Institute’s Global Advisory Council, Senior Vice President of the Royal United Services Institute, and a member of the boards of the Institute for the Study of War, the Atlantic Council, the Concordia Foundation, and a dozen veterans service organizations.

USC Global Conference

The Global Conference is USC’s marquee international event held every other year in Asia. This biennial event brings together business, government, and academic leaders from across the Pacific Rim — as well as USC faculty, staff, and alumni — to discuss critical issues, developments, and opportunities facing the region and the world.

The 2017 USC Global Conference will be held in Tokyo, Japan, at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo from Sept. 21-23, 2017. Registration is now open with Early Bird discounts available for a limited time. The conference is expected to sell out, and advanced registration is recommended.