Event Details

Spring Forum Fundraiser: Ending Endless Wars, feat. General Stanley McChrystal

  • Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • www.wacnh.org


  • Please help the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire continue these programs throughout the year. Your support directly empowers the New Hampshire Community to engage in global understanding.
  • Go above and beyond to support the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in bringing these programs throughout the year. All Patron Sponsors will also be able to ask a question on-air during our livestream, and have their names featured on our Sponsor list.


Spring Forum Fundraiser 2021:

Ending Endless Wars: How the US has Fought Extremism in the Middle East

With General Stanley McChrystal

On Wednesday, May 19th at 6PM, join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in welcoming General Stanley McChrystal as the keynote speaker for our premier annual fundraiser, our Spring Forum! This year's virtual Spring Forum with General McChrystal will feature a conversation on his long and distinguished career that included leading JSOC and commanding all international forces in Afghanistan, particularly in light of President Biden's recent announcement that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country in September.

Following General McChrystal's remarks, a moderated Question and Answer session will be held. All questions can be emailed to council@wacnh.org, or sent through the messenger app on our website, so tune in here at wacnh.org and we hope to see you there!

The Annual Spring and Fall Forums are WACNH's premier fundraising events for the year and helps us raise funds to continue our work and bring you a full year's worth of awesome programming and events. With this in mind, while the event will be free to watch, we hope you will consider registering under the $20 registration option to help support this fundraiser and the work our Council does year-round to support international understanding in the Granite State, or become a $150 Patron Sponsor to ask a question on-air during our livestream and be featured on our Sponsor list!

When: Wednesday, May 19th from 6 - 7:30pm

Where: wacnh.org

This event was made possible by the generous support of:


Howard and Joan Brodsky

Thank You Patron Sponsors:

Karin and Stephen Barndollar

Robert Blair and Patricia Murphy

Sherry Dutzy

Davis and Susanna Farmer

Carolyn and Phillip Hollman

Jim and Kathryn Muirhead

Jack and Carol Resch

Carolyn Richmond

Diane Schaefer and Mitch Shuldman

Pat Schlesinger

Dave and Missie Schroeder

Steven Solomon

Andrew Supplee

Ginny and Joseph Szymanowski

About General McChrystal

A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley A. McChrystal was called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. He is widely praised for launching a revolution in warfare by leading a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that fused intelligence and operations, redefining the way military and government agencies interact.

The son and grandson of Army officers, McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 as an infantry officer, completed Ranger Training, and later Special Forces Training. Over the course of his career, he held leadership and staff positions in the Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne Division, the XVIII Army Airborne Corp, and the Joint Staff.  He is a graduate of the US Naval War College, and he completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000.

From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal commanded JSOC - responsible for leading the nation's deployed military counterterrorism efforts around the globe. His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. In June 2009, McChrystal received his fourth star and assumed command of all international forces in Afghanistan.

Since retiring from the military, McChrystal has served on several corporate boards of directors, that include Deutsche Bank America, JetBlue Airways, Navistar, Siemens Government Technologies, Fiscal Note, and Accent Technologies. A passionate advocate for national service, McChrystal is the Chair of the Board of Service Year Alliance, which envisions a future in which a service year is a cultural expectation and common opportunity for every young American. He is a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on leadership. Additionally, he is the author of the bestselling leadership books, My Share of the Task: A Memoir, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, and Leaders: Myth and Reality.

General McChrystal founded the McChrystal Group in January 2011. Recognizing that companies today are experiencing parallels to what he faced in the war theater, McChrystal established this advisory services firm to help businesses challenge the hierarchical, “command and control” approach to organizational management.

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