Tuesday, October 20, 2015

CFR Conference Call - Lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan, November 4

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Fall 2015 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, November 4, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 326. Janine Davidson, senior fellow for defense policy at CFR, will discuss U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and offer recommendations for the future.

Dr. Janine Davidson is senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Before joining CFR, Davidson was an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, where she taught courses on national security, civil-military relations, counterinsurgency, and public policy. From 2009 to 2012, she served in the Obama administration as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for plans, where she oversaw the development of guidance for military campaign and contingency plans. She also led policy efforts for U.S. global defense posture, including the military's rebalance to Asia, and international agreements related to U.S. forces stationed overseas.

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

1) Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, “Eyes on the Prize in Afghanistan: What the U.S. Mission Should Be,” ForeignAffairs.com, October 21, 2015. 
2) Rick Brennan, “Withdrawal Symptoms: The Bungling of the Iraq Exit,” Foreign Affairs, November/December 2014. 
3) Janine Davidson, Defense in Depth, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations. 
4) “Global Conflict Tracker,” Interactive, Center for Preventative Action, Council on Foreign Relations.

If you'd like to attend this call, please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger ASAP.

Hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger
Associate Professor
Department of Politics & Government