Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan

More than a dozen years ago, the United States invaded Afghanistan. The country's modern history is characterized by chronic instability and conflict. Since taking a more forward-leaning position in Afghanistan, the United States has become deeply invested in stabilizing the country and supporting rule of law under a democratic government that respects human rights.

Join YPFP for a discussion with Mike Walz, a man who understands that these words underpin U.S. foreign policy in more ways than one.

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Grappling with centuries-old feuds, defeating a shrewd insurgency, and navigating the sometimes paralyzing bureaucracy of the U.S. military are issues that prompt sleepless nights for both policy makers in Washington and soldiers at war, albeit for different reasons. Few, however, have dealt with these issues in the White House situation room and on the front line. Michael G. Waltz has done just that, working as a policy advisor to Vice President Richard B. Cheney and also serving in the mountains of Afghanistan as a Green Beret, directly implementing strategy in the field that he helped devise in Washington.

In Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan Waltz shares his unique firsthand experiences, revealing the sights, sounds, emotions, and complexities involved in the war in Afghanistan. Waltz also highlights the policy issues that have plagued the war effort throughout the past decade, from the drug trade, to civilian casualties, to a lack of resources in comparison to Iraq, to the overall coalition strategy. At the same time, he points out that stabilizing Afghanistan and the region remains crucial to national security and that a long-term commitment along the lines of South Korea or Germany is imperative if America is to remain secure.

About the speaker

A native Floridian, Mike grew up in the Jacksonville area before leaving to serve in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces. His career has taken him through multiple combat tours as a Green Beret commander, to senior policy roles in the U.S. Government, and today a successful entrepreneur of a fast-growing company. In business and the military, his commitment to country and his home state of Florida continues, where he currently serves in a Special Operations unit in the Florida National Guard.

As President of Metis Solutions, Mike leads an international company that provides strategic analysis, intelligence support, and training services to the U.S. defense and intelligence Communities. Metis has twice been named to the INC. 500 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. He provides strategic advice to foreign governments and commercial entities, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

November 01, 2016 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Fund for American Studies
1706 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
United States
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