On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, FPRI is assembling a group of its scholars to assess the war and what lessons must be drawn to guide future American policy. Three of our scholars (Dave Danelo, Sam Helfont, and Mike Noonan) are veterans of the war, having served in the Marines, the Navy, and the Army, respectively. Notably, Helfont is writing his dissertation, drawing on the 2 million Iraqi documents that were captured in that war and will provide unique insights into the internal thinking of the Iraqi leadership; Danelo is author of Blood Stripes: a Grunt’s View of the War in Iraq; and Noonan blogs regularly for both FPRI’s Geopoliticus and the US News and World Report. Rounding out the panel will be Barak Mendelsohn, a student of the Middle East and Islamic studies; Ed Turzanski, who has extensive experience in the US intelligence community, with service in the Middle East and Central Asia; and Andrew Garfield, a former British Intelligence Officer, who has sponsored face-to-face interviews with thousands of Iraqis over the past couple of years. The discussion will jump off from a prophetic article by James Kurth, published in 2004, under the title “Iraq: Losing the American Way.” One of the nation’s leading strategic thinkers, Professor Kurth will also join us for this discussion, which will be moderated by Walter McDougall, a Pulitzer Prize winning historian who chairs FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West, and is himself a veteran of the Vietnam War.
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David Danelo - David Danelo was formerly a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He teaches and conducts field research, consults on international border management, investigates geopolitical risk, and writes about intersections between policy, security and culture.
Samuel Helfont - Samuel Helfont is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East, and an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College's program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
James Kurth - James Kurth is a Senior Fellow in FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West and a member of the Orbis Board of Editors. He is Professor of Political Science Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar at Swarthmore College.
Edward A. Turzanski - Edward A. Turzanski the FPRI Templeton Fellow and Co-Chair of its Center for the Study of Terrorism – is a Professor of Political Science and History at La Salle University in Philadelphia, and a Senior Scholar with the American Institute for History Education (AIHE).
Walter A. McDougall - Walter A. McDougall is the Ginsburg-Satell Chair of FPRI's Center for the Study of America and the West. He is also the Co-Chair of FPRI’s Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute, Chairman of FPRI Board of Advisors, and sits on the Board of Editors for FPRI’s journal, Orbis. He is the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. ; Moderator