Bush School to Host Symposium on the Gulf War and the Liberation of Kuwait

February 04, 2016

Poster for the Symposium on the gulf War and the Liberation of Kuwait


On Thursday, February 18, 2016, the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will host the “Symposium on the Gulf War and the Liberation of Kuwait: Reflections after a Quarter Century” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. The evening event will bring together leading scholars, journalists, diplomats, and students of international affairs to discuss the events surrounding the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the country’s liberation in February 1991, and lessons learned in the twenty-five years since the conflict. The event is a part of a series of events taking place at the Bush Center to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Desert Storm.

The evening will begin with a presentation by a Bush School capstone seminar on US-Kuwaiti relations.  The work on the subject is sponsored by the US Embassy in Kuwait, and the students will travel to Kuwait the week after the symposium to present their work as part of Kuwait’s commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary.  The capstone seminar is led by Dr. Robert Holzweiss, deputy director of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum; and the research is based in large part on the documents at the Bush Presidential Library

Following the event, there will be a panel discussion entitled “The Gulf War: Causes and Consequences” from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The panel includes Dr. Jeffrey Engel, a professor at Southern Methodist University and author of a forthcoming book on the foreign policy of President George H. W. Bush; Dr. F. Gregory Gause III, department head of the International Affairs Department at the Bush School and author of The International Relations of the Persian Gulf; and Dr. David Palkki, assistant professor at the Air War College and co-editor of The Saddam Tapes: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant’s Regime.

The final event of the evening will be a conversation between Amb. Ryan Crocker, dean of the Bush School, who served as director of the Iraq-Kuwait Task Force in the State Department during the crisis, and Caryle Murphy, who reported for the Washington Post from occupied Kuwait during the first weeks after the Iraqi invasion and has since had a distinguished career as a journalist in the Middle East. She is currently at the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC.

The Bush School symposium is open to the public, and reservations are required. To register for the event, visit

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