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Current NATO Affairs: Russian Aggression and Near East Crises

Thu, Sep 10, 2015, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of

Current NATO Affairs:
Russian Aggression and Near East Crises

Lieutenant General John W. Nicholson
Commander, NATO’s Allied Land Command

Thursday, September 10, 2015
1:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.
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Please note that this event is strictly off the record.

Lieutenant General John W. Nicholson, Commander of NATO’s Allied Land Command, will discuss NATO and his command’s actions in the east as a result of Russian aggression and in the south to help in dealing with crises in Iraq, Syria and North Africa. He will also discuss Turkey in its capacity as a host nation of his command (Allied Land Command is located in Izmir, Turkey).

Lieutenant General John W. Nicholson, Jr.,Lieutenant General John W. Nicholson, Jr., was commissioned into the infantry in 1982 upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from Georgetown University, a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, a master’s degree in Military Art and Science from the School for Advanced Military Studies, and a master’s degree in National Security Studies from the National Defense University.

LTG Nicholson has led Soldiers at all levels from platoon to division in Airborne, Ranger, Mechanized, Stryker and Light Infantry units in five different infantry divisions, and the 75th Ranger Regiment. In the 1990s, he spent five years in Europe to include a deployment to Sarajevo with NATO IFOR. From 2006-2012, LTG Nicholson served three and a half years in Afghanistan with NATO ISAF. Most recently, he commanded the 82nd Airborne Division where they reestablished Global Response Force capabilities and advanced joint, special operations and multinational interoperability.

LTG Nicholson’s military career also includes two tours on the Joint Staff, two assignments within the Army Staff and U.S. European Command. He served as Special Assistant to the Commanding General, Peace Stabilization Force, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Commanding General, US Army Europe; and Chief of Operations at the George C. Marshall European Center for Strategic Studies. LTG Nicholson has also served on the immediate staffs of the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army.