Dr Michael Rubin: “Is The Worst Over In Iraq?”
Michael Rubin is a Resident Scholar at AEI and a former Pentagon official whose major research areas are the Middle East, Turkey, Iran and diplomacy. Rubin instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan on regional politics, and teaches classes regarding Iran, terrorism, and Arab politics on board deploying U.S. aircraft carriers. Rubin has lived in post-revolution Iran, Yemen, both pre- and post-war Iraq, and spent time with the Taliban before 9/11. Dr. Rubin will be speaking on the future of Iraq in an event sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program. "Terrorism, militias, sectarian violence and the Islamic State have soured many Americans on Iraq and its potential for success. Television cameras may not lie but they also do not show the entire truth. Fourteen years after American forces invaded Iraq and ousted Saddam Hussein, there is reason to be optimistic that Iraq really has turned the corner."