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ISIS Rising, Middle East Crumbling? Regional Implications of Iraqi Instability


WHEN: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye St. NW, Washington, DC, 20005

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Event Recap
What’s Next for the CrISIS in Iraq?

Mosul and Tikrit have fallen to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Kurdish forces have occupied Kirkuk. Iran has sent the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to help protect Baghdad and Iraq’s central government. And Ankara, which abetted, if not supported, ISIS, is now scheming how to get back the Turkish hostages the terrorist group has taken in Iraq. This chaotic situation aggravates an already complex and evolving web of relations between a wide array of state and non-state actors and threatens to throw the larger Middle East into disarray.

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a discussion of the regional implications of the emerging conflict in Iraq, how it will impact regional players, and what U.S. interests and policy options might be.

Panel discussion featuring:

Dr. Henri Barkey
Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor, Lehigh University
Member, BPC Turkey Initiative

Ambassador Eric Edelman
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Co-Chair, BPC Turkey Initiative

John Hannah
Former Assistant for National Security Affairs to the Vice President
Member, BPC Turkey Initiative

Moderated by:
James Oliphant
White House Correspondent, National Journal