Todd Greentree shares about his experiences as a US Foreign Service Officer in some of the most dangerous countries in the world like Afganistan and what Todd has learned from those experiences. Todd Greentree is a scholar and a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer. He has served in five wars, beginning in El Salvador in the early 1980s, and most recently in Afghanistan. His bachelor’s degree is from the University of California Santa Cruz, his master’s in international studies is from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and he received his doctorate in history from Oxford University. Dr. Greentree has taught Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College and was a Visiting Scholar in the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at SAIS. Currently, he is a Research Associate with the Changing Character of War Centre at Oxford and teaches in the Global and National Security Program at the University of New Mexico. He is a contributing author at War on the Rocks, recently published “Strategic Failure in Afghanistan” in the current issue of The Journal of Strategic Studies, and his current writing project is The Blood of Others, a book about the wars at the end of the Cold War. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Taking the Oath | Todd Greentree | TEDxYouth@UWCUSA