John P. Abizaid is a Senior Advisor with the Middle East & North Africa practice at ASG, where he draws on decades of distinguished diplomatic and military experience to advise clients on business and growth strategies in the region.
He is a retired U.S. Army four-star General, who most recently served as the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. From 2014 to 2016, he was the Senior Advisor for the U.S. Secretary of Defense to the Ukrainian Minister of Defense. General Abizaid was also the Distinguished Chair (emeritus) of the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and was the first Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has worked with the Preventative Defense Project at Stanford University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and served on both the CIA’s External Advisory Board and President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board. He has been a board member for USAA, Virtu Financial, and RPM International, and has advised a number of smaller firms and their leadership teams.
General Abizaid retired from the United States Army in May 2007 as Commander of U.S. Central Command, after 34 years of active service. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he commanded units at every level, serving in Grenada, Lebanon, Kurdistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In 2015, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame.
He studied at the University of Jordan in Amman and earned his M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He has been awarded Honorary Degrees from Dartmouth College and Norwich University.
He is based in Washington, D.C. and northern Nevada.