Launch of the Task Force on the Future of Iraq

February 16, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC

Launch of the Task Force on the Future of Iraq

A conversation with:
The Hon. Ryan Crocker
Former US Ambassador to Iraq
Chair, Task Force on the Future of Iraq

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Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero
Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Operations,
Multi-National Task Force - Iraq
Member, Task Force on the Future of Iraq

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The Hon. James Jeffrey
Former Deputy National Security Advisor
Senior Adviser, Task Force on the Future of Iraq

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Dr. Nussaibah Younis
Senior Fellow, Task Force on the Future of Iraq, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
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Introduction by:
Gov. Jon Huntsman
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The speakers will reflect on how lessons learned in a decade of US intervention in Iraq can be applied to stabilize the country beyond the defeat of ISIS. 

The Task Force brings together twenty-five top Iraq experts from around the world to refocus attention on the underlying drivers of conflict in Iraq that must be addressed beyond the fight against ISIS. The Task Force will convene in Washington DC for the launch, and will then conduct fact-finding missions in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Baghdad, and Najaf. They will report on their findings after the US presidential elections in an effort to encourage the new administration to adopt a long-term approach to the stabilization of Iraq.  

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record. 

VISITING THE COUNCIL: Metro and parking info 


Ryan Crocker served as US Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon. He is now Dean of Texas A&M University’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service. 

Michael Barbero worked alongside General David Petraeus as a Deputy Chief of Staff for Multi-National Task Force - Iraq during "the surge" in 2007 and 2008.

James Jeffrey served as Deputy National Security Advisor to George W. Bush (2007-08) and US Ambassador to Iraq and Turkey. He is now the Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Nussaibah Younis is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, an expert on Iraqi politics, and author of the forthcoming book Invasion to ISIS: Iraq, State Weakness and Foreign Policy.