As President Trump took office, he inherited a counterterrorism program that was actively engaged in confronting unprecedented terrorist threats in operations across the Middle East and North Africa. Six months into his term, what are the elements of continuity or change in these policies?
As ISIS continues to lose territory, how will the administration consolidate the war on ISIS, confront threats from Al-Qaeda and counter Iran-backed terrorist groups? How will the United States respond to long-term instability, particularly in Syria, to reduce the drivers for radicalization and the further growth of terrorist groups there? Will conditions and risks on the ground force the administration to commit to further military intervention?
Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, will be joined by Jennifer Cafarella (ISW), Matthew Levitt (WINEP), Joshua Geltzer (New America), and the director of the Middle East Institute's (MEI) Countering Terrorism Project, Charles Lister, for a discussion of the prospects for the Trump administration's counterterrorism policy. MEI's Vice President for Policy Analysis, Research, and Programs, Paul Salem, will moderate the event.
Date: July 27, 2017
When: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Where: Middle East Institute