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Karl Eikenberry

Karl Eikenberry

Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow and Director, U.S.-Asia Security Initiative, Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Karl Eikenberry is the Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow and director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Center, and a Stanford University Professor of Practice. He served as the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2011, and had a 35-year career in the United States Army, retiring with the rank of lieutenant general. His military assignments included postings with mechanized, light, airborne, and ranger infantry units in the continental United States, Hawaii, Korea, Italy, and Afghanistan as the commander of the American-led coalition forces from 2005–2007. 

He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, earned master’s degrees from Harvard University in East Asian Studies and Stanford University in Political Science, was awarded an Interpreter’s Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and has an advanced degree in Chinese History from Nanjing University.

Ambassador Eikenberry is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-directs the Academy’s project on civil wars, violence, and international responses.