Interview with Gen. John Nicholson

Interview with Gen. John Nicholson


Commander of American & NATO Forces in Afghanistan 2016-2018, Gen. John Nicholson, talks with AlJazeera about the shifting landscape of the war in Afghanistan.

In this early 2018 video interview taking place in the Afghan capital, Gen. Nicholson discusses his experience in managing a shifting war landscape, training American and foreign troops, and balancing the strategies and methodologies of a global enterprise focused on beating back a nonconformist enemy force. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes view that will leave you with a newfound respect for the military heroes who continue to fight overseas and the art of effective leadership.

General John Nicholson is a United States Army four-star general (retired) widely admired as a uniquely-skilled “warrior-diplomat’. He completed his term as Commander of U.S. Forces–Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support mission in September 2018, as the longest-serving commander in the Afghan theatre of war. His leadership, deep experience, and close relationships with Afghan leaders were key to brokering the first nationwide ceasefire in the 17-year war and helped launch the peace initiative now underway. In reporting on the Afghan war, NPR said of Nicholson, “Maybe no American soldier knows this battleground better than Army General John Nicholson.” Taking audiences on the journey of a lifetime, Nicholson explores what a career that started as a paratrooper at the tip of the spear and culminated with Presidential appointments has taught him about leading massive organizations and building team cohesion and shared vision.

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Commander of American & NATO Forces in Afghanistan 2016-2018

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Revered as a uniquely-skilled “warrior-diplomat,” General John Nicholson retired in September 2018 from his post as Commander of U.S. Forces – Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support mission. In this role, Gen. Nicholson led a 41-nation coalition war effort. The longest serving Commander of the Afghan war, he oversaw a $46.3 billion budget and roughly 14,000 international troops. A combat-seasoned military legend, he discusses coalition building, strengthening culture through collaboration, leadership, geopolitics, and organizational success in the 21st century.