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Admiral Jim Stavridis Discusses 21st Century Security

Admiral Jim Stavridis discussed the challenges of 21st century security at a recent school meeting in Hamilton Chapel.

Admiral Stavridis walked the boys through some of the country's security failures of the past, and talked about the importance of building global alliances. "I learned 10 years ago that walls don't work," he explained. "We must build bridges, not walls."

He outlined many challenges across the globe, including Iran, Syria, North Korea, Afghanistan, and the Ukraine, as well as the increasing threat of cyber attacks.

"We need to listen, learn, and understand these cultures far better," he stressed. He urged the boys to be engaged in the world, learn languages, and read books to understand other cultures. "Part of creating security is humanitarian operations, solving problems," he said. "We're very good at launching missiles. We need to get better at launching ideas."

Admiral Stavridis attended the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent over thirty years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral. Among his many commands were four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and piracy off the coast of Africa. He also commanded U.S. Southern Command in Miami, charged with military operations through Latin America for nearly three years. The longest serving Combatant Commander in recent U.S. history, he is currently the 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Admiral Stavridis's talk was part of the School's endowed Global Citizenship Speaker Series. The fund was established in 2012 by Belmont Hill parents Bill and Yuko Hunt to bring speakers to campus who model global citizenship and can inspire generations of Belmont Hill boys to embrace the challenges and opportunities of an interconnected world.

Please enjoy the video clip from Admiral Stavridis's talk.
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