David Petraeus: ‘The Chinese military is spreading its wings’

The former top American general tells Lynne O’Donnell about the threat of China, how Ukraine has changed warfare and why the West must focus on Africa.

The World Today Published 1 December 2023 Updated 20 December 2023 5 minute READ

David Petraeus

Former CIA Director and Commander of US Central Command

Lynne O’Donnell

Columnist for ‘Foreign Policy’ and author of ‘High Tea in Mosul: The True Story of Two Englishwomen in War-torn Iraq’

David Petraeus could be the United States’ most famous living general. He commanded American and allied NATO forces in Iraq and Afghanistan; he was 10th commander of US Central Command and director of the CIA. He now advises civilian and military leaders on strategy, most recently telling Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, how to proceed against Hamas after the October 7  atrocity. His latest book is ‘Conflict: The Evolution of War from 1945 to Ukraine’, with historian Andrew Roberts. It examines the major wars of the past 80 years within strict parameters: the strategic, tactical and technological successes and failures of each conflict. 

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