The ISIS Threat to U.S. National Security

The Middle East Policy Council’s 83rd Capitol Hill Conference, held on January 21, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., has concluded. The video and an unedited transcript are available below. A policy brief derived from this event can be read here. To receive invitations to future events, click here, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. To view our recent Capitol Hill Conferences, click here.

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William F. Wechsler

Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, U.S. Department of Defense


Mark Katz

Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University
Author, Leaving without Losing: The War on Terror after Iraq and Afghanistan


Charles Lister

Resident Fellow, Middle East Institute
Former Visiting Fellow, Brookings Doha Center
Former Analyst and Head, IHS Jane’s Terrorism & Insurgency Centre


Audrey Kurth Cronin

Distinguished Service Professor and Director, International Security Program at George Mason University
Author, How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns
Author, “ISIS is Not a Terrorist Group,” Foreign Affairs (March to April 2015)




Patrick Theros

Former Ambassador to Qatar
Board of Directors, Middle East Policy Council


Thomas R. Mattair

Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council

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