Type: Seminar

Lessons learned 20 years after the Iraq War: A counterterrorism insider's perspective


Javed Ali, Associate Professor of Practice

Date & time

Mar 21, 2023, 11:30 am-12:45 pm EDT


Javed Ali, Associate Professor of Practice, will provide remarks on a seminal moment in his career in national security based on his role at the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2002-2003. During this brief stint he was a counterterrorism analyst focused on contentious issues like the potential ties between Iraq and al-Qa'ida and possible collaboration with the 9/11 attacks, the threat Iraq's security services posed to the international community in the run-up to the war, and the prospects of a multi-faceted insurgency developing following the removal of Saddam Hussein. He will also reflect on the lessons of the Iraq War from 2003-2011 and the implications for regional security since.

About the speaker:

Javed Ali brings more than 20 years of professional experience in national security and intelligence issues in Washington, DC. He held positions in the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security before joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation. While at the FBI, he also held senior roles on joint duty assignments at the National Intelligence Council and the National Counterterrorism Center, and the National Security Council under the Trump Administration. Ali holds a BA in political science from the University of Michigan, a JD from the University of Detroit School of Law, and an MA in international relations from American University. He writes and provides commentary across a number of media sites and platforms, including MSNBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, The New York Times, The Washington PostThe Hill, and Newsweek.