A Conversation About the Future of the Islamic State Without a State & The Future of Iraq
With Former Counter-ISIL Military Commander LTG Sean MacFarland
Moderated by Emma Sky
November 29, 2017, 12:10p
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LTG Sean MacFarland and Emma Sky will draw on their extensive experiences with the United States military in Iraq to discuss the lessons the military learned in the fight against ISIL as well as what to expect from the recently collapsed ISIL "caliphate." This discussion will also explore the prospects for the future of Iraq given the unique security challenges it faces.
LTG MacFarland was the top American commander in the U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria from September 2015 to August 2016. He is also the former commander of III Corps and Fort Hood and is currently serving as the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army's Training & Doctrine Command, which is tasked with overseeing all of the training of the Army's forces and the development of operational doctrine. LTG MacFarland was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in 2016 and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Emma Sky previously served as advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces, General Ray Odierno, in Iraq from 2007 to 2010
and was the Governate Co-ordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority from 2003 to 2004. She has been described
by many as the modern day Gertrude Bell, and in 2015 she published the award winning book, The Unraveling: High Hopes and
Missed Opportunities in Iraq, about the American occupation of Iraq. She is currently the director of the Maurice R. Greenberg
World Fellows Program and a Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics.
Co-sponsored with Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, YLS National Security Group, & Yale Law Veterans
Lunch Talk with Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law
January 23, 2018, 12p
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Co-sponsored with the Information Society Project
Lunch Talk with Secretary Jeh Johnson
Febrauary 28, 2018, 12:10p
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Jeh Johnson is the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security (2013-2017). He is now in private law practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, based in New York and Washington. Johnson has been affiliated with Paul, Weiss on and off since 1984, and became the firm’s first African American partner in 1994. Johnson is also currently on the board of directors of PG&E Corporation in San Francisco. As Secretary of Homeland Security, Johnson was the head of the third largest cabinet department of the U.S. government, consisting of 230,000 personnel and 22 components. Prior to becoming Secretary of Homeland Security, Johnson was General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2009-2012) and General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force (1998-2001). Earlier in his career, Johnson was also an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1989-1991). Johnson is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of Morehouse College (1979) and Columbia Law School (1982), and the recipient of nine honorary degrees.