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Symposium on the Gulf War and the Liberation of Kuwait

Reflections after a Quarter Century

Thursday, February 18, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
1002 George Bush Drive West
College Station, Texas 77843
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This event will bring together leading scholars, journalists, and diplomats to discuss the events surrounding the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait in 1990, the country's liberation in 1991, and the lessons learned in the 25 years hence.


Conference Program

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Presentation by Bush School Capstone Students
4:30 – 5:45 p.m. The Gulf War: Causes and Consequences Panel Discussion
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Conversation with Ryan Crocker and Caryle Murphy


Ambassador Ryan Crocker is Dean and Executive Professor at the Bush School, where he holds the Edward and Howard Kruse Endowed Chair. During his thirty-seven-year career in the US Foreign Service, Crocker served as US Ambassador six times in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon, and also held other diplomatic posts in the Middle East. From May to August 2003, he was in Baghdad as the first Director of Governance for the Coalition Provisional Authority and was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from August 2001 to May 2003. In September 2004, President Bush conferred on him the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the Foreign Service.

Dr. Jeffrey Engel is Professor at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and author of a forthcoming book on the foreign policy of President George H. W. Bush. Dr. Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and Director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU. He is an expert on the US presidency and American diplomatic history. Dr. Engel has authored or edited six books, most recently, Into the Desert: Reflections on the Gulf War, published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. F. Gregory Gause, III, is Head of the Department of International Affairs at the Bush School, where he also holds the John H. Lindsey ’44 Chair. Dr. Gause has focused his research on the international politics of the Middle East, with a particular interest in the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf. His most recent book is The International Relations of the Persian Gulf, published by Cambridge University Press. He has testified on Persian Gulf issues before the Committee on International Relations of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Caryle Murphy, who reported for the Washington Post from occupied Kuwait during the first weeks after the Iraqi invasion, has since had a distinguished career as a journalist in the Middle East. Currently at the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC, Murphy is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Passion for Islam, which explores Islam's contemporary revival and the roots of religious extremism in the Middle East. She recently spent three years living and working in Saudi Arabia. Her latest book is entitled A Kingdom's Future: Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of Its Twentysomethings.

Dr. David Palkki is Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategy at the Air War College and co-editor of The Saddam Tapes: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant’s Regime. Formerly a post-doctoral fellow at the Bush School’s Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Palkki’s research and teaching interests focus on international security affairs, Iraq and the Middle East, US foreign and defense policy, nuclear weapons and arms control, and the interplay between domestic and international politics.

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