Before he retired from active duty, four-star general Jack Keane served as the vice-chief of staff of the United States Army. In 2007, he was one of the chief architects of the surge strategy that restored order to war-torn Iraq. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020. In this conversation, General Keane sits down with the Jewish Leadership Conference co-hair Roger Hertog to discuss the Middle East, Israel, and the strategic threat to the United States posed by China, bringing into one angle of vision the military, energy, commercial, and political considerations that bear on American foreign policy and grand strategy.

General Jack Keane

General Jack Keane (U.S. Army, Retired) is a foreign policy and national security expert who provides nationwide commentary in speeches, articles, congressional testimony and through several hundred television and radio interviews annually. He is the president of GSI Consulting and serves as Chairman of the Institute for the Study of War and the Knollwood Foundation, is Executive Chairman of AM General and a Director of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and the Smith Richardson Foundation. General Keane is also a Trustee Fellow of Fordham University and an advisor to the George C. Marshall Foundation.

Roger Hertog

Roger Hertog is the Co-Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Conference, President of the Hertog Foundation, and Chairman of the Tikvah Fund. One of the founding partners of the investment research and management firm Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., which he joined in 1968, Mr. Hertog served as the firm’s President before its merger with Alliance Capital Management in 2000. In 2006, he retired from the successor company, AllianceBernstein, and is currently Vice-Chairman Emeritus. An alumnus of the City College of New York, Mr. Hertog was previously Chairman of The New-York Historical Society and The Manhattan Institute; he has also served on the boards of the American Enterprise Institute, the New York Philharmonic, the New York Public Library, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and the Washington Institute for Near-East Policy. In 2007, Mr. Hertog was awarded the Medal of the National Endowment for the Humanities in recognition of his philanthropic efforts. In 2010, he received the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.