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  • Dinner with General John R. Allen
    March 12, 2020 - March 13, 2020
    7:00 pm

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall is pleased to host John R. Allen, President of the Brookings Institution and retired four-star Marine Corps General, who will provide a timely reflection on American leadership – and America’s role – in the 21st century, as well as a forecast of US policy efforts in a number of critical international spaces, to include the Middle East, Europe, and East Asia. He will also discuss the growing impact of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, to include the rise of digital governance on the world stage.


John Rutherford Allen assumed the presidency of the Brookings Institution in November 2017, having most recently served as chair of security and strategy and a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

Allen served in two senior diplomatic roles following his retirement from the Marine Corps. First, for 15 months as senior advisor to the secretary of defense on Middle East Security, during which he led the security dialogue for the Israeli/Palestinian peace process. President Barack Obama then appointed Allen as special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, a position he held for 15 months. Allen’s diplomatic efforts grew the coalition to 65 members, effectively halting the expansion of ISIL. In recognition of this work, he was presented the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award by Secretary John Kerry and the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Award by Director James Clapper.

Dan Schnur (Moderator) is a Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, where he teaches courses in politics, communications and leadership. Dan is currently the director of the Sacramento Bee’s “California Influencers” series, in which he leads a weekly online conversation among 100 of the state’s most respected experts in politics, government and public policy. He is also a board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall.



The Intercontinental Hotel
2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles CA 90067


Last day to make reservations: Monday, March 9, 12:00 pm. Last day for cancellations with full refund: Monday, March 9, 12:00 pm.

Attendees will be assigned to tables. If you are attending with someone who is registered separately and you would like to sit with them, please let us know so that we can put you at the same table.

**If you have any dietary restrictions please let us know ahead of time so that we may accommodate you. We are unable to accommodate requests at the event.**