Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a Senior Fellow at Jackson, was a featured speaker at the symposium.

On March 10, 2017, the Jackson Institute hosted the Yale Special Operations and Interagency Academic Symposium, which brought together experts and practitioners at the University’s Greenberg Conference Center.

The symposium focused on identifying the most important emerging and enduring global challenges facing the special operations and interagency communities. Experts on the Middle East, Africa, and Russia provided insights as to how these U.S. government organizations must adapt in order to tackle complex problems.

Several Jackson Institute Senior Fellows served as featured speakers, including: General (ret) Stanley McChrystal; former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford; Russia expert Thomas Graham; former Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson; and Middle East expert Emma Sky. A number of active duty senior leaders in the special operations, diplomacy, and intelligence communities also spoke.

Attendees include personnel from The Combating Terrorism Center, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, and various joint and interagency task forces, as well as students from Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton.