Withdrawal from Afghanistan with General David H. Petraeus (US Army, retired), Colonel Steve Miska (US Army, retired) and Afghan interpreter Fraidoon Akhtari


Steve Miska is the Executive Director of First Amendment Voice, a non-partisan effort to reinvigorate civic consciousness around free speech, religious freedom, press freedom and other First Amendment issues. He founded Servant, Leader, Citizen (SLC) Consulting, Inc. after retiring as a Colonel with 25 years in the military. His last assignment was to teach graduate students as President of the Army at the University of the Marine Corps. Previously, he served in the White House as director for Iraq on the National Security Council. His book, Baghdad Underground Railway, tells the story when he led a team that established an underground railroad for dozens of performers to escape sectarian violence at the height of the Iraq conflict. He received the highest academic accolades as a Counterterrorism Fellow at the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, and taught economics at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Steve speaks regularly about First Amendment issues and flexible networks and has spoken to DIA, RAND, Pacific Council on International Politics, Zocalo Public Square, and many media and think tanks. He is a member of the advisory boards of several organizations, including the International Refugee Assistance Project, i5 Freedom Network, Maestro and the Euphrates Institute. Steve is a graduate of Cornell University, National Defense University and West Point.


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