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Johns Hopkins SAIS experts available to discuss Iraq War anniversary

In advance of the anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition that overthrew the government of Saddam Hussein, experts at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are available to comment on issues including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Long-term impact of the Iraq War in the Middle East
  • U.S.’ global perception following the Iraq War
  • The war's role in the revival of Iraq’s Shia majority
  • Legacy of weapons of mass destruction in relation to the conflict
  • Middle East politics since the war
  • The Intelligence Community’s role in the Iraq War before, during, and after the conflict
  • Changes in U.S. foreign policy as a result of the war

Vali Nasr is Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS, a Middle East scholar, foreign policy adviser, and commentator on international relations. His most recent book, "The Dispensable Nation" deals with the implications of the Obama administration’s foreign policy on American strategic interests. His previous books, "Forces of Fortune" and "The Shia Revival" examined the postwar sectarian violence in Iraq and the Arab Spring uprising, and contributed to U.S. policy formulated in response to those events. From 2009 to 2011, prior to joining the school, he was the Senior Advisor to the President's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Nasr has served as Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institutions, Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and on the faculties of Tufts University; the Naval Postgraduate School; Stanford University; the University of California, San Diego; and the University of San Diego. He is a 2011 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has also been a Carnegie Scholar and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 
Mara Karlin is Acting Director of Strategic Studies and Associate Professor of the Practice of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Karlin previously served in national security roles for five U.S. Secretaries of Defense, advising on policies spanning national security, strategic planning, defense budgeting, regional affairs, future wars, and the evolving security environment, particularly focused on the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development. She oversaw and implemented policy and strategy guidance that shapes the department’s more than $550 billion budget.
John McLaughlin is Distinguished Practitioner in Residence in the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. McLaughlin worked for more than three decades at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), including posts as Deputy Director and Acting Director before his retirement from government in 2005. During his time as Deputy Director, McLaughlin helped guide the CIA through a tumultuous period that included the September 11 terrorist attacks, the CIA's participation in Iraq, and the preliminary stages of the Intelligence Community’s reorganization under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.
Narges Bajoghli is Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. She is an award-winning anthropologist, filmmaker, and writer. Her academic research focuses on the intersections of media, power, and military in Iran. Her forthcoming book, “Anxieties of Power: Sustaining the Revolution in Iran,” will be published by Stanford University Press in September 2019.
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Friday, March 15, 2019
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