On January 3rd 2020, Maj. Gen Qassem Soleimani, the Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force, was killed by an American drone strike, dramatically intensifying US-Iranian confrontation and sending shock-waves across the Middle East.
For the past two decades, Gen Soleimani was the driving force for Iran's expeditionary military activities and relationships with proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. Just as Soleimani changed the shape of the Syrian civil war and drove the creation of an Iran-backed network of Shiite militias across the Middle East, his death is now likely to have ripple affects throughout the region.
In this panel discussion, Intelligence Project fellows Norman Roule and Bernard Hudson will discuss the political, military, and intelligence implications and impact of Soleimani’s death. As former senior former intelligence officers who spent their careers working in the region and who continue engage at senior leadership levels across the Gulf, Mr. Roule and Mr. Hudson will provide unique perspectives on the Middle East post-Soleimani. The discussion will be moderated by former CIA senior analyst and Intelligence Project fellow Kristin Wood.
Admission is open to Harvard staff, students, fellows, faculty, and alumni, and RSVP is required. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door.
Speakers and Presenters
Norman Roule, Former National Intelligence Manager for Iran
Bernard Hudson, Former Director of Counterterrorism for the CIA
Kristin Wood, Former Deputy Director of Innovation & Technology at CIA's Open Source Center