Losing Syria and Iraq to Jihadists

June 26, 2014 - 10:30 am

1030 15th Street NW, 12th floor (West Tower Elevators)
Washington, DC
*Please note this event has reached maximum capacity.*

 A PRESENTATION BY

Faysal Itani
Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

WITH COMMENTARY FROM

Frederic C. Hof
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Barry Pavel
Vice President and Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

MODERATED BY

Danya Greenfield
Acting Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council


Jihadists in Iraq and Syria, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) are capturing cities, energy facilities, and military hardware daily. They now control a territory the size of Jordan and are building a state from which they aspire and are increasingly able to attack US regional interests, allies, and the United States itself.

In a new Hariri Center publication, "Losing Syria and Iraq to Jihadists," Fellow Faysal Itani outlines the threat that ISIS poses to US interests and security. He refutes the argument that Bashar al-Assad and Nouri al-Maliki could be allies against jihadists, or that extremist groups in Syria should simply be left to fight one another. Please join the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security for an engaging discussion on this timely issue and options for a US response.
 





Bios

 
Faysal Itani
focuses on the Levant and Iraq at the Atlantic Council, and in particular the conflict in Syria, sectarian politics, and political economy. Frederic C. Hof, the Council's lead expert on Syria, served as special adviser for the transition in Syria at the State Department until September 2012. Barry Pavel focuses on emerging security challenges and strategies, and has served as the special assistant to the president and senior director for defense policy and strategy on the National Security Council staff. Danya Greenfield, acting director of the Hariri Center, will moderate the discussion.

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