The swift collapse of Iraqi security forces in northern Iraq in the face of an al-Qaeda-spearheaded Sunni insurgency is a disastrous setback for U.S. counterterrorism and Middle East policies that will have dangerous regional spillover effects. The Islamic State, formerly known the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and before that as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, now poses a rising threat to the United States and U.S. allies. Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) will discuss Iraq and the broader implications for the American foreign policy. Following his remarks, a panel of experts will discuss the current trends in Iraq.
More About the Speakers
Keynote Remarks by
The Honorable Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)
Member, United States House of Representatives
Followed by a Discussion with
Research Director, Institute for the Study of War
Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D.
Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy,
The Heritage Foundation
Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, The Heritage Foundation