Friday, August 8, 2014
Professor Orde Kittrie was recently interviewed on Phoenix's KTAR Radio's morning news talk show, about developments in Iraq. Kittrie discussed U.S. airstrikes on Islamist militants outside the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil, as well as the U.S. military's air drop of food and water to besieged Iraqi civilians. Kittrie noted that the Obama Administration had described the President's authorization to conduct these airstrikes as "narrow," based on defending U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq. Kittrie predicted that for this reason, U.S. forces would likely limit themselves, at least for now, to "airstrikes and drone strikes" in using force to address the situation in Iraq.
Professor Kittrie has extensive expertise and experience relating to the Middle East. He co-authored the book, U.S. Nonproliferation Strategy for the Changing Middle East, which provides specific recommendations for how to improve U.S. efforts to stop WMD proliferation in the MENA region. Prior to entering academia, Kittrie worked for eleven years at the U.S. State Department, including on several issues relating to the Middle East.
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