Petraeus to Join Harvard Kennedy School as Senior Fellow

David Petraeus, the retired four-star Army general who resigned last year as head of the CIA, has been appointed a non-resident senior fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Petraeus will help lead a new project called “The Coming North America Decades” at the school’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the university said today in a statement. The project will look at U.S. competitiveness in light of policies related to technology, science and the economy and will be connected to a related effort by the Council on Foreign Relations.

“We count ourselves fortunate to have David Petraeus making a major intellectual investment,” Graham Allison, a Harvard professor who runs the Belfer Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said in the statement. “He has an inquiring mind, strategic orientation, intellectual fearlessness, and appreciation of the academy.”

Petraeus is known for advocating counterinsurgency strategies in Afghanistan after the U.S. invaded the country following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and in Iraq after the U.S. invaded it in 2003, as well as leading the so-called troop surges in both countries. He resigned as director of the CIA last year after he admitted to an extramarital affair and was a visiting professor at the City University of New York.

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