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The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day.

Since it was established, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to Charleston and The Citadel.

The Greater Issues series is made possible by a grant from The Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:22 pm EST
It was a decidely partisan response at The Citadel last week when the Corps of Cadets uniformly applauded 2016 presidential contender Sen.

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 11:12 am EST
The photo caption reads, "Rand Paul looks at a bulldog mascot statue Tuesday at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina."

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 11:06 am EST
The transcript of the speech given by U.S. Sen.

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 03:36 pm EST
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A possible presidential candidate creating buzz in the national spotlight spoke at the Citadel Tuesday.

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 03:31 pm EST
The caption on the photo reads, "Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke before a room brimming with cadets at The Citadel yesterday in a speech that was rightly considered an early stump effort toward an eventual Presidential run."

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 04:26 pm EST
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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 03:30 pm EST
On Tuesday, Paul is scheduled to address cadets at The Citadel, South Carolina's military college.  Following the fundraiser, Paul told reporters he will likely stay out of the S.C. GOP Senate primary in which incumbent U.S. Sen.  Lindsey Graham faces four GOP challengers.Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/11/11/3092676/sc-politics-rand-paul-visist-early.html#storylink=cpy

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 03:06 pm EST
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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 02:38 pm EST
2016 Watch: Texas Governor Rick Perry will be in the Upstate early next month for a fundraiser, state and local GOP officials say.

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 02:19 pm EST
“We’re unlikely to (get involved).

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 12:30 pm EST
Paul has signaled that he is taking no chances when he delivers an address at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., next week.

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:55 am EST
The Citadel announced last week that Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who's on many political watchers' short lists for 2016, will travel to Charleston next week to speak as part of the school's Greater Issues Series.

Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013 11:25 am EST
Potential presidential candidate U.S. Sen.

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 02:03 pm EDT
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sen.

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:08 pm EDT
WASHINGTON – Potential 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul is headed back to South Carolina next week.  The Kentucky Republican senator is scheduled to give an address at the Citadel on Tuesday, Nov. 12.  Paul will address the cadets at The Citadel’s McAlister Field House in Charleston and is expected to field questions from the audience.

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 12:10 pm EDT
The S.C. Corps of Cadets uniform, so familiar to the Charleston community, will be spotted all over the Lowcountry on Oct. 23 when The Citadel holds its 3rd annual Leadership Day.  More than 1,200 knobs (freshmen) and sophomores from The Citadel will assist veterans, younger students and neighbors.  

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 11:47 am EDT
A recipient of the Medal of Honor, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, will discuss his experiences and reflect on the meaning of principled leadership in a public forum to be held at The Citadel’s McAlister Field House at 7:00 p.m. on October 22.

Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 10:15 am EDT
Stewart (Stu) Shea, president and chief operating officer of Leidos, will give a Greater Issues address at The Citadel at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, at McAlister Field House.

Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:45 am EDT
William Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education, will speak at 11 a.m. today in McAlister Field House at The Citadel.  The event is part of the military college's annual Principled Leader Symposium.

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 04:55 pm EST

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 11:24 am EST
CHARLESTON - A high-ranking military leader from Jordan is returning to The Citadel to talk about how the South Carolina military college shaped him.  Lt. Gen. Hussein al-Majali is the Jordanian Director of Public Security.

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 11:07 am EST

Greater Issues brings back '81 grad


Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:05 pm EST
CHARLESTON, SC - The Jordanian Director General of Public Security Lt. Gen. Hussein al-Majali will speak at The Citadel Thursday, Nov. 10, about Middle Eastern affairs and how the S.C. military college prepared him for his leadership role.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 01:43 pm EDT

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 01:21 pm EDT
Al-Majali talks to cadets about Middle Eastern affairs The Jordanian Director General of Public Security Lt. Gen. Hussein al-Majali will speak at The Citadel Thursday, Nov. 10, about Middle Eastern affairs and how the S.C. military college prepared him for his leadership role.  The event, which is open to the public, will take place in McAlister Field House at 5 p.m. Al-Majali, the son of former Jordanian Prime Minister Hazza’ al-Majali, graduated from The Citadel in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.  In 1982 he received a commission in the Jordanian army.  He served as commandant of the Royal Guards under the late King Hussein, and in 2005 he was appointed Jordan’s ambassador to Bahrain.  He has been in his current position since 2010.

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 10:48 am EDT
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A prominent military leader and analyst is discussing terrorism and national security with cadets at The Citadel.  Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who was commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command, speaks Thursday at the state military college.  McCaffrey, who led troops against Iraq in Operation Desert Storm, served for 32 years in the military.  He is a winner of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest medal for valor.

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 10:38 am EDT
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A prominent military leader and analyst is discussing terrorism and national security with cadets at The Citadel.  Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who was commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command, speaks Thursday at the state military college.  McCaffrey, who led troops against Iraq in Operation Desert Storm, served for 32 years in the military.  He is a winner of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest medal for valor.

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 10:21 am EDT
Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey didn't mince words Thursday when asked what he thought of the U.S. intervention in Libya.  "I think it was a mess.

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 01:42 pm EDT
...a u-s army general....and former commander in chief of the u-s armed forces southern command is in town today.

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 01:10 pm EDT
CHARLESTON — A prominent military leader and analyst is discussing terrorism and national security with cadets at The Citadel.  Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who was commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command, speaks Thursday at the state military college.  McCaffrey, who led troops against Iraq in Operation Desert Storm, served for 32 years in the military.

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 03:21 pm EDT

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 02:53 pm EDT

National security and terrorism analyst discusses current national perspectives March 24.


Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 11:03 am EDT

Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 10:22 am EDT
Greater Issues News ReleaseJanet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland SecurityOctober 21, 2010 Introduction Good morning and thank you, Gen. Hines.  I’m honored to be at The Citadel this morning, and to have a chance to speak with the Corps of Cadets.  That goes for knobs as well as upper classmen.  I also want to thank, Don Fowler, the John C. West Distinguished Professor of Government here, for initially asking me to be here.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:13 am EDT
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Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 01:18 pm EDT
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Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 01:13 pm EDT
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Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 12:01 pm EDT
Richard L. Armitage, former ambassador and U.S. deputy secretary of state, will give a Greater Issues address at 7 p.m., Oct. 26, in McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 09:37 am EDT
The threat is complex and involves more than just connecting the dots.  "Information comes at us like a cloud.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 02:30 pm EDT
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Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 12:28 pm EDT
The four-star Army general who oversees U.S. forces in both the Iraq and Afghan wars told cadets at South Carolina's military college that he needs warriors who can do more than kill and capture the enemy.  Gen. David Petraeus told 2,100 cadets at The Citadel in Charleston that their studies will have to go beyond understanding how to prosecute war or call in air strikes.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 12:28 pm EDT
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's not every day you have a four-star general at your disposal.  "It's a real honor for the entire Corp and also the public to be privileged enough to hear General Petraeus speak," said Citadel cadet Brice Peper.  General David Petraeus seemed to talk about a little bit of everything at the Citadel Thursday.  He talked about Iraq.  "Iraq is a land of plenty if it's political parties can shout and not shoot," said Petraeus.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 12:25 pm EDT
Charleston, SC - The four-star Army general who oversees U.S. forces in both the Iraq (web | news) and Afghan wars told cadets at South Carolina's military college that he needs warriors who can do more than kill and capture the enemy.  Gen. David Petraeus (news | bio) told 2,100 cadets at The Citadel in Charleston that their studies will have to go beyond understanding how to prosecute war or call in air strikes.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 12:22 pm EDT
The four-star Army general who oversees U.S. forces in both the Iraq (web | news) and Afghan wars told cadets at South Carolina's military college that he needs warriors who can do more than kill and capture the enemy.  Gen. David Petraeus (news | bio) told 2,100 cadets at The Citadel in Charleston that their studies will have to go beyond understanding how to prosecute war or call in air strikes.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 12:14 pm EDT
CHARLESTON -- The former commander of American forces in Iraq is addressing military college cadets in South Carolina.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 12:10 pm EDT
The 57-year-old head of the U.S. Central Command said he needs officers who can negotiate with local authorities, understand how to rebuild societies torn apart by war and be leaders who understand their soldiers, sailors and airmen.  Petraeus was being inducted into The Citadel School of Business Administration's Hall of Fame after his address to the cadets.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 12:04 pm EDT
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The four-star Army general who oversees U.S. forces in both the Iraq and Afghan wars told cadets at South Carolina's military college Thursday that he needs warriors who can do more than kill and capture the enemy.  Gen. David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command, told 2,100 cadets at The Citadel that their studies will have to go beyond how to prosecute war or call in air strikes.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 11:43 am EDT
Army Gen. David Petraeus says the United States for the past year has been laying the foundation and is now ready for a surge in Afghanistan.  Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Central Command and former commander of American forces in Iraq, spoke and answered questions from cadets and the public Thursday at a Greater Issues Series event at The Citadel.

Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010 11:38 am EDT
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The former commander of American forces in Iraq is addressing military college cadets in South Carolina.  Army Gen. David Petraeus, now the commander of the U.S. Central Command, speaks on Thursday at The Citadel.  Following his speech, which is part of the college's Greater Issues series, Petraeus is being inducted into the Citadel School of Business Administration's Hall of Fame. 

Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010 08:00 am EDT
Gen. Petraeus to be inducted as Citadel Leader of Principle Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Central Command and former commanding general of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, will address the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010, in McAlister Field House as part of The Citadel’s Greater Issues Series.

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:22 am EDT
Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Central Command and former commanding general of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, will be inducted into The Citadel School of Business Administration’s Hall of Fame on Thursday.  He is one of four distinguished leaders to be recognized during the event.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 10:30 am EDT
I read with interest the March 19 article on the head of the Marine Corps' speech to The Citadel's Corps of Cadets.

Posted: Friday, March 19, 2010 10:42 am EDT
"Let me tell you that they (terrorists) absolutely hate you," Gen. James T. Conway said.

Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 07:17 am EST
The Citadel will mark the 167th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets with Corps Day, which begins Thursday, March 18 and concludes Sunday, March 21.

Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 01:58 pm EST
Honore was speaking at Burke as part of The Citadel's Black History Month program.

Posted: Monday, February 8, 2010 10:56 am EST
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The man who commanded the Army's response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina speaks in the South Carolina Lowcountry at two Black History Month events.

Posted: Monday, February 8, 2010 10:11 am EST
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The man who commanded the Army's response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina speaks in the South Carolina Lowcountry at two Black History Month events.

Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 11:38 am EST
The Citadel will celebrate Black History Month with two events, the annual Black History Month Bazaar and a Greater Issues address by Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, U.S. Army (Ret.).

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010 03:42 pm EST
The Citadel will celebrate Black History Month with two events, the annual Black History Month Bazaar and a Greater Issues address by Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, U.S. Army (Ret.).

Posted: Monday, October 19, 2009 12:18 pm EDT
Tuesday - GREATER ISSUES: The Citadel holds an installment of its Greater Issues Series.

Posted: Friday, October 9, 2009 10:39 am EDT
Foster Friess, a pioneer in growth investing and co-founder of Friess Associates, will give a Greater Issues address at 11 a.m., Oct. 20, in McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus.

Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 04:03 pm EDT
Foster Friess, a pioneer in growth investing and co-founder of Friess Associates, will give a Greater Issues address at 11 a.m., Oct. 20, in McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus.  The talk, entitled Leadership Challenges of Today’s Economy, is free and open to the public.

Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008 03:01 pm EDT
Retired U.S. Army Col. David M. Glantz, a distinguished military historian of the Soviet Union and the modern Slavic world, will give a Greater Issues address at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, in McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 09:08 am EST
Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is taking his call for expanding the military to a receptive audience at The Citadel in Charleston this morning. The former Tennessee senator will also call for taking better care of veterans during his speech. Thompson is also expected to call for more modern battle equipment on the ground, in the air and on the water.

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 04:36 pm EDT
March 8, 2007McAlister Field House It is kind of you to welcome me, and let me first of all—before I begin my remarks in a formal sense—thank you for being here and express my appreciation and thanks to the great heritage that this institution offers both to you and to the people of the United States of America.

Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2007 10:22 pm EST
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft told the Corps of Cadets that one of the biggest challenges facing our nation is finding the balance between security and liberty.

Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2007 10:15 pm EST
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft told the Corps of Cadets that the post 9-11 world has dramatically changed how we view conflicts and national security. To listen to an audio clip, click on the Ashcroft headline.

Posted: Friday, March 2, 2007 03:12 pm EST
Please note that the time has been changed to 8 p.m. The Citadel and the Free Enterprise Foundation will host a Greater Issues address featuring former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 8, in McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus.

Posted: Friday, March 2, 2007 09:05 am EST
Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will give a Greater Issues address at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in McAlister Field House. The talk, which is open to the public, is made possible by a grant from the the Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation.

Posted: Tuesday, February 6, 2007 11:35 am EST
Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will give a Greater Issues address at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus. The speech is free and open to the public.

Posted: Monday, February 5, 2007 03:28 pm EST

Posted: Monday, February 5, 2007 03:26 pm EST
Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will give a Greater Issues address at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 09:41 pm EST
The Citadel and the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum will host a Greater Issues address featuring Ambassador Tom Pickering. The presentation, entitled “The Middle East: Challenges to U.S. Diplomacy,” will take place at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 7, in McAlister Field House.

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2006 09:35 pm EST
What is a hero? Heroism is about taking risks, Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney told the Corps of Cadets today in a Greater Issues Address in McAlister Field House. “I believe that heroes are more needed in America today than perhaps any time in our nation’s history, and you have the opportunity to fill that vital need,” said Romney.

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2006 02:43 pm EST
Romney outlined four major challenges the country faces today for which heroes are needed.

Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2006 09:06 pm EST
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will give a Greater Issues address at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus. The speech is free and open to the public.

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2006 08:40 pm EST
Gov. Mitt Romney and Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering are both scheduled to give Greater Issues addresses this spring. Greater Issues addresses take place in McAlister Field House at 11 a.m. and are free and open to the public.

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 09:44 am EST
Arthur M. Blank, owner and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons and co-founder of Home Depot, spoke at The Citadel Tuesday, Nov. 29, as part of the Greater Issue series.

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 04:23 pm EDT
Arthur M. Blank, owner and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons and co-founder of Home Depot, will speak at The Citadel Tuesday, Nov. 29, as part of the Greater Issue series.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 03:51 pm EDT
Dr. Ferguson spoke today as part of The Citadel’s Greater Issues Series about one of the forces likely to shape developments in the U.S. economy: business capital investment.

Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2003 07:22 pm EDT
Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley delivered the commencement address to the graduating members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 in McAlister Field House. Riley, who graduated from The Citadel in 1964, is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in the United States. He was first elected mayor in 1975 and is currently in his seventh term in office.

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2002 07:08 pm EST
Navy Admiral Frank Lee "Skip" Bowman, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, gave a speech as part of the Greater Issues Lecture Series.

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