Term Member Screening and Discussion of Severe Clear
Kristian Fraga's new film, Severe Clear, is a first person account of the Marines who were on the front lines of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shot by First Lieutenant Mike Scotti on his Mini-DV camera, and told through his own journal entries, Severe Clear captures the chaos and complexity of war as the Marines make their way from Kuwait into Baghdad.
Please note: this film contains graphic violence and language.
A trailer of the film can be seen at
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.