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YPFP DC: Iraq Today - politics, ambitions, and security 10 years later

March 27, 2013 06:30 pm


New America Foundation
1899 L Street, N.W Suite 400
20036 Washington
United States

To mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq conflict, YPFP will host a discussion with experts on the Iraq of today.

Douglas Ollivant, former Director for Iraq at the National Security Council, and Brett McGurk, Special Advisor at the State Department on Iraq, will engage YPFP members with an in-depth discussion of the security dynamics in Iraq after 10 years. This event will examine the prospects for Iraq going forward--its political situation, energy landscape, and role within a complex region still reeling from the Arab Uprisings. Mr. Ollivant and Mr. McGurk will shed light on how these dynamics affect U.S. interests in a critical country that has, to some degree, faded into the background of U.S. foreign policy.  

The discussion will be moderated by Steve Coll, the Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs author and President of the New America Foundation.

*This event will be off the record


Brett McGurk
Senior Advisor, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. U.S. Department of State

Douglas A. Ollivant
Senior National Security Fellow, New America Foundation

Steve Coll
President, New America Foundation

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | 6:30-8:00p.m.
New America Foundation
1899 L Street, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Dr. Douglas A. Ollivant is the Senior Vice President of Mantid International, LLC, a strategic consulting and technology integration firm.  A retired Army officer, his last assignment in government was as Director for Iraq at the National Security Council during both the Bush and Obama administrations, after two tours in uniform in Baghdad. He recently spent a year as the Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to the Commander, Regional Command-East, Afghanistan. Dr. Ollivant is also a Senior National Security Fellow with the New America Foundation.

Brett McGurk currently serves as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. State Department. In the Obama administration, McGurk has served as a special advisor to the National Security Council staff and as a senior advisor to Ambassadors Ryan Crocker, Cristopher Hill, and James Jeffrey in Baghdad. In these capacities, McGurk participated in President Obama’s 2009 review of Iraq policy and helped manage the transition from military to civilian lead in the wake of the U.S. military drawdown. During the Bush administration, Mr. McGurk served as Director for Iraq and then as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, Mr. McGurk served as a lead negotiator and coordinator during bilateral talks with the Iraqi Government on both a long-term Strategic Framework Agreement and a Security Agreement to govern the temporary presence of U.S. forces and the normalization of bilateral relations between Iraq and the United States. Mr. McGurk was an International Affairs Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, and a Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University.  

Steve Coll is president of New America Foundation, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. Previously, he spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent and senior editor at The Washington Post, serving as the paper’s managing editor from 1998 to 2004. He is the author of seven books including The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century (2008); and Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power (2012). Mr. Coll’s professional awards include two Pulitzer Prizes. He won the first of these, for explanatory journalism, in 1990, for his series, with David A. Vise, about the SEC. His second was awarded in 2005, for his book, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA.

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