TAMPA — Army Gen. David Petraeus is among nearly 30 authorities on Afghanistan and Pakistan who are coming to the University of South Florida for three days of discussions about the volatile region today through Friday.
Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, will take part in an hourlong conversation at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Oval Theater of USF's Marshall Student Center.
Former Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann will deliver today's keynote address, "What We Can Achieve in Afghanistan: A Realistic Appraisal," at 1 p.m. in Traditions Hall in the USF Alumni Center.
Panel discussions over the three days will feature scholars and experts from the Army and Navy war colleges, the Rand Corp., the Carnegie Endowment, Boston, Indiana and George Mason universities, the Ministry of Health in Kabul and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Topics for the discussions will include governance in Afghanistan, perspectives on the region from Islamic movements, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Pakistan's relations with Afghanistan, Russia and Iran, the role of tribes in Afghanistan, the status of women in Afghanistan, and the connections between security interests and health care in both nations.
The general's talk and other conference discussions are free and open to the public, though seating is limited, and anyone interested in attending Petraeus' talk must RSVP at RSVP-GenP@usf.edu. No purses, bags, backpacks or cameras will be allowed in the theater during the general's talk.