1. Transitions

    Petraeus Hands Over Afghan Command

    The outgoing U.S. and NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus salutes during a changing of command ceremony in  Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, July 18, 2011.  Gen. John Allen took over command of American and coalition forces in Afghanistan on Monday from Gen. David Petraeus, assuming responsibility as Afghanistan's international allies draw up exit plans from the nearly 10-year conflict.(AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

    Musadeq Sadeq / AP Photo

    Gen. David Petraeus handed over command of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan to Gen. John Allen on Monday. Petraeus’ one-year stint included supervision of a troop surge, though it’s unclear if it had the desired results: Violent attacks continued in Afghanistan throughout its implementation. In Newsweek, John Barry follows Petraeus during his last week on the job, and Petraeus addresses the many calls from Republicans for him to run for president, saying, “Yes, I want to be president—president of Princeton.”

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