Conference Call with AEI Experts on the Crisis in the Strait

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As Iran threatens to choke off a major gateway for the world's oil supply, tension between the US and Iran has reached levels not seen in more than 20 years. How should the United States respond to Iran’s provocative military antics? Join American Enterprise Institute (AEI) experts Thursday, January 5th from 11:00 to 11:30 AM EST as they discuss the crisis in the Strait.

Experts on the Call:

  • Ali Alfoneh is a leading scholar on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, whose work is regularly used in the US intelligence community. His current work includes an upcoming book on the IRGC.
  • Frederick W. Kagan is the director of AEI's Critical Threats Project and a former professor of military history at the US Military Academy at West Point.
  • Danielle Pletka is the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, and is the co-author of the recently released report, “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran.”
  • Michael Rubin teaches Iranian strategy on US aircraft carriers deploying to the Persian Gulf and is the coauthor of Eternal Iran

 

 

 

 

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Michael
Rubin


  • Michael Rubin is a former Pentagon official whose major research areas are the Middle East, Turkey, Iran and diplomacy. Rubin instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan on regional politics, and teaches classes regarding Iran, terrorism, and Arab politics on board deploying U.S. aircraft carriers. Rubin has lived in post-revolution Iran, Yemen, both pre- and post-war Iraq, and spent time with the Taliban before 9/11. His newest book, Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engagement examines a half century of U.S. diplomacy with rogue regimes and terrorist groups.


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  • Phone: 202-862-5851
    Email: mrubin@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Ahmad Majidyar
    Phone: 202-862-5845
    Email: ahmad.majidyar@aei.org

 

Frederick W.
Kagan

 

Ali
Alfoneh
  • Ali Alfoneh's research areas include civil-military relations in Iran with a special focus on the role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in the Islamic Republic. Mr. Alfoneh has been a research fellow at the Institute for Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence College and has taught political economy at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Southern Denmark.

 

Danielle
Pletka

  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.


    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


     


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  • Phone: 202-862-5943
    Email: dpletka@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Alexandra Della Rocchetta
    Phone: 202-862-7152
    Email: alex.dellarocchetta@aei.org

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