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Karl Eikenberry

Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General & Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

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 Karl Eikenberry Biography

No one can speak to fast risk assessment, successful deployment in the face of adversity and the closed-door decisions which must be made under fire better than Karl Eikenberry. He has long been on the frontline of US foreign and security policy making in Europe, the Greater Middle East and Asia. Eikenberry possesses the knowledge of how the tough strategic decisions are made behind closed doors, and has led organizations charged with translating these decisions into action from Beijing, to Kabul, to Brussels, to Washington, DC. Trained as a soldier, a diplomat and scholar, he has the keen ability to comprehensively analyze problems and educate audiences on complex global and regional security problems – not as we would like them to be, but as they are and will be.

Why should you book Karl Eikenberry today? The answers are as numerous as his achievements. For starters, we are in an age where world power is becoming more diffuse and post-Second World War international norms of behavior are eroding under pressure from increasingly assertive rising states. Security competition has expanded into the domains of space, cyberspace and rapidly emerging new technologies, while adversaries use non-attributable attacks by proxies or terrorists to further their interests. As China strives to surpass the United States economically, scientifically and militarily, and international terrorism remains a lethal global threat, Eikenberry’s many years in China and South-Central Asia position him to help your company develop appropriate offensive and defensive strategies.

Furthermore, Karl Eikenberry, whose advanced education includes degrees from Harvard, Stanford and Nanjing Universities in the humanities and social sciences, is a strong advocate of “soft power” – the ability of a nation to attract and persuade others through example, as contrasted with compelling through the application of coercive force. Having recently participated in a Congressionally-mandated task force that examined the critical role the arts and humanities play in keeping a nation’s economy competitive and maintaining global position, Eikenberry can provide insights on how cultural assets can be leveraged whether negotiating in Shanghai, Berlin, or Karachi.

Karl Eikenberry is perhaps best known as the Lieutenant General who commanded the American-led Coalition forces in Afghanistan from 2005-2007, then later served as the US Ambassador to Afghanistan. He has also held many policy and political-military positions in China, Korea, Hong Kong and Europe, and deployed on military exercises around the world, earning him an esteemed reputation in both the public and private sectors. Currently, Eikenberry is the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and a faculty member of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University ensuring tomorrow’s world leaders remain worldly.

Karl Eikenberry is a tried and tested leader, and one of America's foremost authorities on tactics, strategy and teamwork - expertise he brings to every engagement.

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  • The Future of U.S. – China Relations

    China’s rapid rise to power is challenging America's decades long global preeminence and giving rise to fears that, as Beijing’s leaders steadily drive to reclaim the Middle Kingdom’s historical greatness, future Sino-American conflict is inevitable. The gap is closing. Already, China has the world’s second largest gross domestic product and defense budget, and its global trade volume exceeds that of the United States. Yet on closer examination, the two nations are highly interdependent and the PRC itself faces extraordinary constraints as it attempts to reform its political-economic system. Karl Eikenberry, who served in Asian diplomatic and military posts for over three decades, will examine Sino-American competition and explore the opportunities and risks for the U.S.

  • In Search of an American Grand Strategy of Foreign Policy

    American foreign policy appears to be in disarray as Russia and China aggressively pursue territorial claims, international jihadists are on the offensive in an arc from North Africa to Central Asia, and international norms and institutions weaken. Yet the world is still much less dangerous than during the Cold War and the United States almost certainly more secure. What is changing is that U.S. global dominance, a given since the end of the Second World War, is eroding and other centers of power starting to emerge. Karl Eikenberry will explore the sources of disruption and discontinuity with the past, and describe how an effective American foreign policy must be grounded in the realities of today's world.

  • The Limits of American Military Interventions

    America's defense spending accounts for over 40% of the global total. Its armed forces, since the end of conscription 1973, has emerged as the most capable and lethal in world history. Yet many U.S foreign military interventions over the past four decades have produced disappointing results at high costs. The causes can be traced to the erosion of constraints on the government's willingness to send its military into harm's way, an increasing tendency to define every foreign policy challenge as direct security threat, and the failure of political leaders to establish clear objectives for their forces in the field. America's prestige and self-confidence have suffered as a consequence. Karl Eikenberry, whose professional career has spanned both diplomatic and military operational assignments, will discuss why the U.S. armed forces have often not performed as well as expected over the course of long campaigns and how the American people and their government can remedy the situation.

  • Soft Power & America’s Global Competitiveness

    Harvard Professor Joe Nye famously coined the expression "soft power"
    • the ability of a nation to attract and persuade others through example, as contrasted with compelling through the application of coercive force. Historically, the demonstrated effectiveness of the U.S. ways of governance, the evident strengths of its socio-economic system, and the popularity of its culture have been the key components of America's tremendous global appeal. Overemphasizing the military or security dimension of America's international standing and excessively focusing education on science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the detriment of the arts and humanities risk undermining our nation's traditional source of leadership
    • soft power. Karl Eikenberry will draw upon his own experiences as a diplomat, soldier and student abroad to discuss why America's global competitiveness can only be maintained and improved by remaining a model worthy of emulation.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Karl Eikenberry for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Karl Eikenberry, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Karl Eikenberry or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Karl Eikenberry?

    Booking fees for Karl Eikenberry, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Karl Eikenberry, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Karl Eikenberry?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Karl Eikenberry for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Karl Eikenberry for your next private or corporate function.
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Karl Eikenberry

Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General & Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

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Karl Eikenberry Biography

No one can speak to fast risk assessment, successful deployment in the face of adversity and the closed-door decisions which must be made under fire better than Karl Eikenberry. He has long been on the frontline of US foreign and security policy making in Europe, the Greater Middle East and Asia. Eikenberry possesses the knowledge of how the tough strategic decisions are made behind closed doors, and has led organizations charged with translating these decisions into action from Beijing, to Kabul, to Brussels, to Washington, DC. Trained as a soldier, a diplomat and scholar, he has the keen ability to comprehensively analyze problems and educate audiences on complex global and regional security problems – not as we would like them to be, but as they are and will be.

Why should you book Karl Eikenberry today? The answers are as numerous as his achievements. For starters, we are in an age where world power is becoming more diffuse and post-Second World War international norms of behavior are eroding under pressure from increasingly assertive rising states. Security competition has expanded into the domains of space, cyberspace and rapidly emerging new technologies, while adversaries use non-attributable attacks by proxies or terrorists to further their interests. As China strives to surpass the United States economically, scientifically and militarily, and international terrorism remains a lethal global threat, Eikenberry’s many years in China and South-Central Asia position him to help your company develop appropriate offensive and defensive strategies.

Furthermore, Karl Eikenberry, whose advanced education includes degrees from Harvard, Stanford and Nanjing Universities in the humanities and social sciences, is a strong advocate of “soft power” – the ability of a nation to attract and persuade others through example, as contrasted with compelling through the application of coercive force. Having recently participated in a Congressionally-mandated task force that examined the critical role the arts and humanities play in keeping a nation’s economy competitive and maintaining global position, Eikenberry can provide insights on how cultural assets can be leveraged whether negotiating in Shanghai, Berlin, or Karachi.

Karl Eikenberry is perhaps best known as the Lieutenant General who commanded the American-led Coalition forces in Afghanistan from 2005-2007, then later served as the US Ambassador to Afghanistan. He has also held many policy and political-military positions in China, Korea, Hong Kong and Europe, and deployed on military exercises around the world, earning him an esteemed reputation in both the public and private sectors. Currently, Eikenberry is the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and a faculty member of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University ensuring tomorrow’s world leaders remain worldly.

Karl Eikenberry is a tried and tested leader, and one of America's foremost authorities on tactics, strategy and teamwork - expertise he brings to every engagement.

Karl Eikenberry Videos

  • Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency and Contradictions: America's Lessons
  • US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry on ABC 7:30 - YouTube
  • Karl Eikenberry - International Relations, National Security, and ...

Speaker Lists Featuring Karl Eikenberry

Karl Eikenberry Speaking Topics

  • The Future of U.S. – China Relations

    China’s rapid rise to power is challenging America's decades long global preeminence and giving rise to fears that, as Beijing’s leaders steadily drive to reclaim the Middle Kingdom’s historical greatness, future Sino-American conflict is inevitable. The gap is closing. Already, China has the world’s second largest gross domestic product and defense budget, and its global trade volume exceeds that of the United States. Yet on closer examination, the two nations are highly interdependent and the PRC itself faces extraordinary constraints as it attempts to reform its political-economic system. Karl Eikenberry, who served in Asian diplomatic and military posts for over three decades, will examine Sino-American competition and explore the opportunities and risks for the U.S.

  • In Search of an American Grand Strategy of Foreign Policy

    American foreign policy appears to be in disarray as Russia and China aggressively pursue territorial claims, international jihadists are on the offensive in an arc from North Africa to Central Asia, and international norms and institutions weaken. Yet the world is still much less dangerous than during the Cold War and the United States almost certainly more secure. What is changing is that U.S. global dominance, a given since the end of the Second World War, is eroding and other centers of power starting to emerge. Karl Eikenberry will explore the sources of disruption and discontinuity with the past, and describe how an effective American foreign policy must be grounded in the realities of today's world.

  • The Limits of American Military Interventions

    America's defense spending accounts for over 40% of the global total. Its armed forces, since the end of conscription 1973, has emerged as the most capable and lethal in world history. Yet many U.S foreign military interventions over the past four decades have produced disappointing results at high costs. The causes can be traced to the erosion of constraints on the government's willingness to send its military into harm's way, an increasing tendency to define every foreign policy challenge as direct security threat, and the failure of political leaders to establish clear objectives for their forces in the field. America's prestige and self-confidence have suffered as a consequence. Karl Eikenberry, whose professional career has spanned both diplomatic and military operational assignments, will discuss why the U.S. armed forces have often not performed as well as expected over the course of long campaigns and how the American people and their government can remedy the situation.

  • Soft Power & America’s Global Competitiveness

    Harvard Professor Joe Nye famously coined the expression "soft power"
    • the ability of a nation to attract and persuade others through example, as contrasted with compelling through the application of coercive force. Historically, the demonstrated effectiveness of the U.S. ways of governance, the evident strengths of its socio-economic system, and the popularity of its culture have been the key components of America's tremendous global appeal. Overemphasizing the military or security dimension of America's international standing and excessively focusing education on science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the detriment of the arts and humanities risk undermining our nation's traditional source of leadership
    • soft power. Karl Eikenberry will draw upon his own experiences as a diplomat, soldier and student abroad to discuss why America's global competitiveness can only be maintained and improved by remaining a model worthy of emulation.

FAQs on booking Karl Eikenberry

  • How to book Karl Eikenberry?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Karl Eikenberry for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Karl Eikenberry, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Karl Eikenberry or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Karl Eikenberry?

    Booking fees for Karl Eikenberry, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Karl Eikenberry, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Karl Eikenberry?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Karl Eikenberry for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Karl Eikenberry for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Karl Eikenberry or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Karl Eikenberry or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Karl Eikenberry is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Karl Eikenberry for your event is available upon request. Karl Eikenberry generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Malcolm Nance, General David Petraeus, Matthew Olsen, Farah Pandith and Gideon Rose. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Karl Eikenberry for an upcoming event.

Karl Eikenberry Speaker Videos

  • Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency and Contradictions: America's Lessons
    US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry on ABC 7:30 - YouTube
  • Karl Eikenberry - International Relations, National Security, and ...

Karl Eikenberry Speaking Topics

  • The Future of U.S. – China Relations

    China’s rapid rise to power is challenging America's decades long global preeminence and giving rise to fears that, as Beijing’s leaders steadily drive to reclaim the Middle Kingdom’s historical greatness, future Sino-American conflict is inevitable. The gap is closing. Already, China has the world’s second largest gross domestic product and defense budget, and its global trade volume exceeds that of the United States. Yet on closer examination, the two nations are highly interdependent and the PRC itself faces extraordinary constraints as it attempts to reform its political-economic system. Karl Eikenberry, who served in Asian diplomatic and military posts for over three decades, will examine Sino-American competition and explore the opportunities and risks for the U.S.

  • In Search of an American Grand Strategy of Foreign Policy

    American foreign policy appears to be in disarray as Russia and China aggressively pursue territorial claims, international jihadists are on the offensive in an arc from North Africa to Central Asia, and international norms and institutions weaken. Yet the world is still much less dangerous than during the Cold War and the United States almost certainly more secure. What is changing is that U.S. global dominance, a given since the end of the Second World War, is eroding and other centers of power starting to emerge. Karl Eikenberry will explore the sources of disruption and discontinuity with the past, and describe how an effective American foreign policy must be grounded in the realities of today's world.

  • The Limits of American Military Interventions

    America's defense spending accounts for over 40% of the global total. Its armed forces, since the end of conscription 1973, has emerged as the most capable and lethal in world history. Yet many U.S foreign military interventions over the past four decades have produced disappointing results at high costs. The causes can be traced to the erosion of constraints on the government's willingness to send its military into harm's way, an increasing tendency to define every foreign policy challenge as direct security threat, and the failure of political leaders to establish clear objectives for their forces in the field. America's prestige and self-confidence have suffered as a consequence. Karl Eikenberry, whose professional career has spanned both diplomatic and military operational assignments, will discuss why the U.S. armed forces have often not performed as well as expected over the course of long campaigns and how the American people and their government can remedy the situation.

  • Soft Power & America’s Global Competitiveness

    Harvard Professor Joe Nye famously coined the expression "soft power"
    • the ability of a nation to attract and persuade others through example, as contrasted with compelling through the application of coercive force. Historically, the demonstrated effectiveness of the U.S. ways of governance, the evident strengths of its socio-economic system, and the popularity of its culture have been the key components of America's tremendous global appeal. Overemphasizing the military or security dimension of America's international standing and excessively focusing education on science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the detriment of the arts and humanities risk undermining our nation's traditional source of leadership
    • soft power. Karl Eikenberry will draw upon his own experiences as a diplomat, soldier and student abroad to discuss why America's global competitiveness can only be maintained and improved by remaining a model worthy of emulation.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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