Spring 2015 Conference
On May 11 and 12, the Council held its Spring Conference, entitled "Middle East Mayhem: ISIS - A Deadly Reality."
Speakers included Ambassador Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and Algeria, Ambassador Ford Fraker, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Colonel Derek Harvey, USA (Ret.), Director of the Global Initiative for Civil Society and Conflict at the University of South Florida and former senior analytical specialist for Iraq to General Petraeus, Dr. Kimberly Kagan, President of the Institute for the Study of War, Dr. Frederick Kagan, Christopher DeMuth Chair and Director of the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute, and Ambassador John Campbell, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and expert on the ISIS-inspired Boko Haram.
The program culminated with a luncheon at the Cosmos Club. General John Allen, USMC (Ret.), Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, was the keynote luncheon speaker.