General Wesley K. Clark (Ret) served as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) from July 1997 until May 2000. In March of 1999, Clark served simultaneously as the commander in charge of Operation Allied Force, charged with the difficult military and political tasks of removing Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic from Kosovo, by the use of air power alone, while maintaining solidarity among NATO members. This was NATO’s first major combat action and largest air operation in Europe since the Second World War.
Clark was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in August 2000, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Clark discussed his book Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat (Public Affairs) at Kentucky Author Forum.
As Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Clark was in overall command of NATO’s military forces in Europe. Responsible for safeguarding an area extending from the northern tip of Norway to the eastern border of Turkey, he assured the peace, security and territorial integrity of the NATO member nations. Simultaneously, as Commander in Chief of U.S. European Command, Clark commanded US military activities in 89 countries and territories covering more than 13 million square miles of Europe, Africa and the Middle East and involving approximately 109, 000 American soldiers, sailors, air personnel and marines.
In addition to serving pro bono as a distinguished senior advisor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a director of the Atlantic Council and a member of the board of the International Crisis Group, Clark has served as a military analyst for Cable News Network (CNN). He is a noted speaker presenting key insights on strategic leadership, foreign and military policy and high technology to corporate leaders and other audiences.
General Clark is a 1966 graduate of the United States Military Academy of West Point, New York, where he graduated first in his class. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His appearance at Kentucky Author Forum was co-sponsored by Humana.
General Clark was interviewed by Joe Klein, Washington correspondent forThe New Yorker. Klein wrote the critically acclaimed novel Primary Colors, which was inspired by the 1992 presidential race.