Fired Afghan commander McChrystal will teach at Yale in fall

Hartford CourantAugust 16, 2010 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The general who headed the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan until his firing in June for comments critical of U.S. civilian leaders, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, has been hired at Yale University.

Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal will be a senior fellow at Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs for the fall semester.

McChrystal will teach a graduate level course for students in the international relations master's program that will examine how dramatic changes in globalization have increased the complexity of modern leadership, the university said in a press release.

Jackson Institute Senior Fellows are practitioners and experts in global affairs who teach courses and mentor Yale students aspiring to public and international service, according to Yale.

"I am extremely excited to be teaching at Yale and I look forward to sharing my experiences and insights as a career military officer," McChrystal said in a statement released by Yale.

"Gen.McChrystal brings a wealth of experience in international affairs that will be of tremendous value to our students," said James Levinsohn, director of the Jackson Institute. "His leadership seminar exemplifies just what the Jackson Institute is all about — integrating outstanding practitioners right into the academic curriculum."

McChrystal was in the Army 34 years. Before his assignment to Afghanistan, he was director of the joint staff in 2008 and 2009, where he assisted the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in managing the direction, operation and integration of all combat forces.

McChrystal also commanded the Joint Special Operations Command, directing special operations forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. He is regarded as an expert in counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and unconventional warfare.

McChrystal earned a bachelor's degree from U.S. Military Academy and a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval Command and Staff College. He has been a senior service college fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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