Thursday, August 21, 2014

CFR Conference Call: "What’s Next for Iraq and the Middle East" with Colin H. Kahl

Thursday, September 11, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in WY 326

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the first session of the Fall 2014 CFR Academic Conference Call series. Colin H. Kahl, associate professor at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, will discuss ongoing turmoil in Iraq and evaluate U.S. policy options for contributing to stability in the region.

Dr. Kahl is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a regular consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community. He has published articles on U.S. policy in the Middle East in "Al-Monitor," "Foreign Affairs," "Foreign Policy," "National Interest," and the "New York Times," among others. From February 2009 to December 2011, Dr. Kahl was the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East at the U.S. Department of Defense. In this capacity, he served as the senior policy adviser to the secretary of defense for Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, and six other countries in the Levant and Persian Gulf. In June 2011, Dr. Kahl was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) Ned Parker, "Can Iraq Save Itself?" Interview with Bernard Gwertzman,, August 20, 2014.
2) David Palkki, "How Washington Can Bolster Iraq," Expert Brief,, August 13, 2014.
3) Richard N. Haass, "The New Thirty Years' War,", July 21, 2014.
4) "Islamic State in Syria and Iraq," Backgrounder, Council on Foreign Relations.
5) "The Sunni-Shia Divide," Interactive, Council on Foreign Relations.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the situation in Iraq and to discuss US options with a policy expert! I hope to see you there! Please RSVP to me at if you're interested...
Seth Weinberger
Associate Professor
Department of Politics & Government
University of Puget Sound