David Petraeus To Join Kennedy School as Belfer Center Senior Fellow

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Meredith H. Keffer

David H. Petraeus speaks before a packed audience at the Institute of Politics in April 2009. Petraeus will return to Harvard as a non-resident senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, according to an HKS spokesperson.

UPDATED: October 20, 2013, at 8:40 p.m.

David H. Petraeus, former CIA director and retired four-star Army general, will join Harvard Kennedy School as a non-resident senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, according to an HKS press release.

At Harvard, Petraeus, who resigned from the CIA in November 2012, will partner with Kennedy School professor Graham T. Allison ’62 to head a new Belfer Center project called “The Coming North America Decades.” The project will study scientific, economic, and technological factors that have contributed to North American competitiveness and analyze the potential effects of policy options on American interests.

Petraeus’ Harvard project will complement his work for the Task Force on North America at the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank on international affairs headquartered in New York City. Petraeus co-chairs the task force with another Belfer Center senior fellow, former World Bank president Robert Zoellick, who joined the Kennedy School last year.

“We count ourselves fortunate to have David Petraeus making a major intellectual investment in issues so central to a Center whose mission is to advance policy-relevant knowledge about the most significant international challenges,” Allison said.

Indeed, Petraeus joins the Kennedy School not only as a seasoned leader with nearly unmatched experience, but also as a robust academic, educated at both West Point and Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Since his departure from the CIA in 2012, Petraeus has taken on a variety of roles in non-governmental organizations and the financial sector. In March, Petraeus was hired by private equity giant KKR to lead the firm’s newly-created institute for macroeconomic forecasting and public policy.

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