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Looking Back: The Gulf War

Looking Back: The Gulf War

  • February 24, 2021
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  • February 24, 2021
  • 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

What lessons have we learned from our past engagements? On the 30th anniversary of the Gulf War, join FPRI’s John Nagl and Samuel Helfont for this month’s Main Line Briefing. Nagl and Helfont will look back on the legacy of the war 30 years later and talk about the key takeaways from Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. They will also discuss how we can make sure we are learning the right lessons from our current engagements, both military and diplomatic. 

To read Mr. Helfont’s recent article about the Gulf War for Texas National Security Review, please click here.

FPRI’s Main Line Briefings are a series of discussions on global affairs and national security hosted by Dr. John Nagl, the celebrated Head of the Haverford School. Dr. Nagl is a Senior Fellow with FPRI’s National Security Program and a member of FPRI’s Board of Advisors. A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, Nagl was part of the writing team that produced the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. In this series, Dr. Nagl will draw on FPRI’s vast network of scholars and outside experts to highlight their voices and insight on world affairs, global engagement, and foreign policy. This series is co-Chaired by James GatelyJohn Piasecki, and Eileen Rosenau.

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 program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. His research focuses on international politics of the Middle East, especially Iraq and the Iraq Wars. Helfont is the author of Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies in Iraq (Oxford University Press, 2018) and the FPRI monograph, The Sunni Divide: Understanding Politics and Terrorism in the Arab Middle East. He has written widely in publications such as Foreign Affairs, The Middle East JournalOrbisThe New RepublicThe American Interest, and The Jewish Review of Books, among others.


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