The Islamic State and Beyond: US Military Strategy in the Middle East

November 6, 2014 - 11:00 am

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

The Islamic State and Beyond: US Military Strategy in the Middle East

A discussion with:
GEN Lloyd J. Austin III
US Central Command

Moderated by:
Jake Tapper
Anchor, "The Lead with Jake Tapper"

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security for a Commanders Series event with General Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of US Central Command, to discuss the US-led coalition campaign against the Islamic State and the broader role the US military will play in the Middle East in the coming years.

As one of the first military leaders into Iraq in 2003, General Austin has over a decade of first-hand, on-the-ground experience in the challenging operating environment of the Middle East theater. Often called a “soldier’s soldier,” General Austin currently leads Central Command which oversees US operations and military relationships with countries stretching from Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Central Asian nations to Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, the UAE, and Egypt. Today, one of CENTCOM’s highest priorities is Operation Inherent Resolve against the Islamic State and how the US-led coalition can “degrade and destroy” the terrorist group. GEN Austin will discuss how the anti-Islamic State effort is progressing in Iraq and Syria, as well as the future of US military engagement in the Middle East.


November 6, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

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General Austin assumed his duties as commander of US Central Command on March 22, 2013. Prior to that, he served as the thirty-third vice chief of staff of the Army from January 2012 to March 2013. He also commanded US Forces – Iraq from September 2010 through the completion of Operation New Dawn in December 2011. Finally, from August 2009 to August 2010, he was assigned to the Pentagon as the director of the Joint Staff.