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ADVISORY: CAP to Host Special Presidential Envoy John R. Allen for Discussion of Efforts to Counter ISIS

Washington, D.C. — The Center for American Progress will host John R. Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, for a discussion on the progress and setbacks in one of the nation’s most challenging foreign policy problems.

Last summer, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, grabbed the attention of the world when it seized Mosul in a lightning offensive. In response, the Obama administration assembled a coalition of more than 60 nations to confront ISIS. To halt further advances, the U.S.-led coalition is coordinating efforts to provide military training and assistance to partners on the ground, stem the flow of foreign fighters and financial resources to ISIS, counter its message, and deliver stabilization support to liberated communities.

As the coalition campaign to counter ISIS approaches its anniversary, please join CAP for a keynote address from Gen. Allen and a high-level panel discussion to take stock of the campaign to date. CAP will also release the latest in its ongoing series of reports on ISIS.


Vikram Singh, Vice President, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

Keynote remarks:
Retired Gen. John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL

Hardin Lang, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Sarah Margon, Washington Director, Human Rights Watch
Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


July 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. ET – 11:30 a.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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