Published May 27, 2015

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Commencement address by Gen. John R. Allen to be shown on C-SPAN
The Monmouth College commencement address by Gen. John R. Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, will be one of four addresses to graduates from around the nation featured on C-SPAN on May 31.
 
The addresses, each of which is approximately 20 minutes in length, will be shown starting at 11 a.m. Central time and will then be re-broadcast at 5:30 p.m. Central time.
 
Allen’s address will be the fourth and final one in the lineup, which also includes former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice (The College of William & Mary) and Madeleine Albright (Tufts University) and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (St. Joseph’s University).
 
Allen, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, was appointed to his current position in the U.S. State Department by President Obama in September 2014. His distinguished career has included a rich variety of important commands and senior appointments.
 
Allen served as commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013, and as commanding general, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, in Iraq from 2006 to 2008, leading efforts to secure the Al Anbar Province. He has also held a variety of staff positions, including service as the principal director of Asia/Pacific policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
 
Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, Allen was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Mideast Security. In that role he led the security dialogue of the Middle East peace process. Later he was named a Distinguished Fellow of Foreign Policy, and co-director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, a position from which he is on leave while serving as Special Presidential Envoy.
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