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Lessons for the Next War

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Remember the adage that generals always fight the last war? Of late, we at FP have been wondering: What can Russia’s war in Ukraine teach the world going forward? What have we learned so far, and how can we apply those lessons to make sure we don’t sleepwalk into yet another war?

FP’s Winter 2023 print issue brings together 12 experts to help us answer those questions. Watch FP’s Ravi Agrawal in conversation with two of the contributors to the magazine’s cover story, Anne-Marie Slaughter and retired Gen. David Petraeus, as they reflect on what’s surprised them—and how to prevent future wars.

Why has India’s reaction to the war in Ukraine been the biggest surprise for Anne-Marie Slaughter? Watch to learn more.

Retired Gen. David Petraeus answers FP Subscriber questions about one of the biggest lessons of the Russia-Ukraine war thus far and how human judgment will change in future wars, with the introduction of artificial intelligence.

Anne-Marie Slaughter

CEO, New America

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America and the author of The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World. She is also the former director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department. 

Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.)

Chairman, KKR Global Institute

David Petraeus, a retired four-star general who led operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and former director of the CIA, is chairman of KKR Global Institute.

Ravi Agrawal

Editor in chief, Foreign Policy

Ravi Agrawal is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy and the host of FP’s Global Reboot podcast. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade in full-time roles spanning three continents, including as the network’s New Delhi bureau chief and correspondent. Agrawal has shared a Peabody Award and three Emmy nominations for his work as a TV producer, and his writing for FP was part of a series nominated for a 2020 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary. Agrawal is the author of India Connected: How the Smartphone Is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy. He is a graduate of Harvard University. Agrawal is a frequent commentator on world affairs on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and the BBC.

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