SPSIA Conference on American Foreign Policy and Intelligence

Thursday, April 21, 2022 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs Director Güneş Murat Tezcür invites you to a major conference on U.S. foreign policy and intelligence during a time of monumental changes.

The U.S. military left Afghanistan in August 2021 after two decades. This triggered a cascade of side effects, including the return of the Taliban after their defeat in 2001.

In light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, this conference will address:

  • The broader geopolitical implications of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • The factors that contribute and hinder the partnerships the U.S. establishes with local groups in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
  • The competing goals of counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, state-building and democracy promotion.
  • The political concerns at the root of intelligence failures by decision-makers.


8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Check in, refreshments and networking

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome and introductions

9:30 – 11:15 a.m. Panel I: Goals of U.S. Involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Keynote Speech, Monica Duffy-Toft from Tufts University
-lunch break-
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Panel II: U.S. Relations with Local Forces
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Panel III: Intelligence and Foreign Policy Making

Learn more about the panelists and event here.

Presented by the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs; the Kurdish Political Studies Program; the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence and the UCF Security Studies Ph.D. Program.

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