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The Middle East at an Inflection Point with Gen. Mattis

April 22, 2016 • 9:30 – 10:30 am EDT

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Featuring General (Ret.) James N. Mattis

This event is the second in a speaker series on the challenges faced by and in the region in 2016, including the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, the fifth anniversary of the Arab uprisings, and a potential turning point in the battle against the Islamic State group. This session will highlight security and military dimensions.

General (Ret.) James N. Mattis
Davies Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution; Former Commander, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)

Introduction By
Dr. John Hamre
President and CEO, CSIS

Moderated Discussion By
Dr. Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program, CSIS

General (Ret.) James Mattis, the Davies Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, is an expert on national security, strategy, innovation, the effective use of military force, and the Middle East. He heads a project on the gap between civil and military perspectives and is writing a book on leadership. Prior to joining the Hoover Institution, Gen. Mattis had a distinguished military career spanning more than four decades. Most recently he served as commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) from 2010 to 2013, where he was responsible for military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and eighteen other countries in the Middle East and south-central Asia. He also served as both NATO’s supreme allied commander and commander of the United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), commander of the First Marine Expeditionary Force, commander of U.S. Marine Forces Central Command, commander of the First Marine Division during the initial attack and subsequent stability operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and as executive secretary to Secretaries of Defense William Cohen and William Perry.

This event is made possible by general support to the CSIS Middle East Program.

John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Jon Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program