The Role of Financial Power in National Security
Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; Former Director for Transnational Threats, National Security Council
Senior Adviser, CSIS; Former Deputy National Security Adviser for Combatting Terrorism, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Author, Treasury's War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare
Experts discuss the recent history and evolution of the U.S. government's use of financial power and influence in national security.
The John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 2002 in memory of John B. Hurford, an enthusiastic and devoted member of the Council on Foreign Relations. This series features individuals who represent critical new thinking in international affairs and foreign policy.
Steven Simon, former senior director for Middle Eastern and North African affairs at the National Security Council, and Barak Mendelsohn, associate professor of political science at Haverford College discuss the fight between the Iraqi government and the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
Iraqi President Fuad Masum joins Michael R. Gordon, national security correspondent for the New York Times, to discuss ISIS and the current situation in Iraq.
Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, CFR Senior Fellow Elliott Abrams details the United States' goals in Iraq and Syria: to alleviate the humanitarian and refugee crisis; to prevent an Iranian victory in Syria; and to strike devastating blows at the Islamic State.