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Karl Eikenberry: On Afghanistan, China and life at Stanford

Karl Eikenberry M.A. ’94 has had a distinguished military and diplomatic career. Prior to his current position as the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), he spent 35 years in the United States Army. As U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 to June 2011, he led President Obama’s civilian surge, which occurred in conjunction with a 30,000-troop surge.

McChrystal examines leadership

Speaking Thursday afternoon at the Cemex Auditorium in the Graduate School of Business (GSB), four-star General Stanley McChrystal said that the United States has struggled to find answers to global and national issues not because the country has gotten lazy or selfish, but because it has continued to apply an outdated model of leadership instead of adapting to the changing times.

Faculty react to State of the Union address

“We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules,” said President Obama in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, identifying income inequality as the “defining issue of our time.” About 100 freshmen gathered in Wilbur Dining to hear about this defining issue, and others issues President Obama touched upon in his address to Congress, through a panel discussion with Stanford faculty members from various disciplines.

Obama lands at Stanford, visits Facebook to discuss budget

President Barack Obama traveled to California on Wednesday to discuss his deficit-reduction plan at Facebook’s Palo Alto headquarters and attend three Democratic fundraisers in San Francisco. The visit marked the middle of a three-day trip to Virginia, California and Nevada for the administration to sell its budget framework and for the president to raise money for his party and re-election campaign.