Four-star General George W. Casey Jr., the highest-ranking U.S. Army official from 2007-2011 and DU alumnus, talked about the problem of globalization and the rising inequality between the wealthy and the poor during a speech on Oct. 12 to an audience of about 120 people in the Sié Chéou-Kang auditorium at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
"Seventy percent of the world's wealth is controlled by 20 percent of the population," Casey said.
He added in the speech that the gap between have and have-not countries could be a potential source for terrorism and extremism.
He also called globalization a "double-edged sword," and described the effects of the corporatization of modern warfare.
In addition to globalization, Casey addressed topics relating to national security, the nature of international politics and the changing face of warfare.
He prefaced his statements by saying that he'd provide a "soldier's view of war."
"If your 30 years are as wild as mine, you're in for a hell of a time," Casey said.
He also said students can expect massive changes in the geopolitical landscape in their upcoming careers.
Reluctant to speak or speculate about the future, Casey said military professionals are unable to predict the future.
"We're human," he said.
Casey also talked about the role technology plays in global affairs and international wars.
"I wonder how different Bosnia would have been if the people in Kosovo and Sarajevo had iPhones with cameras," he said.