The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents,

“Trump’s Emerging Strategy for Defeating ISIS and Al-Qaeda Across the Middle East”

Colin H. Kahl

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Moderated by Robert Jervis

Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics and member, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

Does President Donald Trump have a coherent grand strategy? If so, how does the Middle East fit into this worldview? This talk will discuss the emerging policy of the Trump administration toward the Middle East, with a particular focus on Trump’s approach to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Al-Qaeda, the war in Syria, Iran, and Yemen.


Colin H. Kahl is an associate professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Strategic Consultant at the Penn-Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. From October 2014 to January 2017, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President. In that position, he served as a senior advisor to President Obama and Vice President Biden on all matters related to U.S. foreign policy and national security affairs, and represented the Office of the Vice President as a standing member of the National Security Council Deputies’ Committee.