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“What Has Gone Wrong With American Mideast Policy?”

September 11, 2013 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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EMET Invites You to Attend Our Annual 9/11 Memorial Seminar featuring: Debra Burlingame, Stephen Coughlin and Kyle Shideler


Twelve years after the horrific events of 9/11, and the United State appears no closer to understanding the forces that attacked us that fateful day. Our failure to understand the ideology of the enemy has translated directly into American policy failures throughout the Middle East, including in Egypt, Libya, and most recently Syria. Opinion polls likewise reflect a lack of trust by Americans in the ability of their government to make competent strategic choices regarding the region, such as their ability to vet the intentions of Syrians rebels, many of whom are allied with Al Qaeda.  What has happened to American foreign policy that we have reached this perilous position? After more than a decade involved in a “War Against Terror” are we any closer to victory? Are we safer?


EMET’s panel will examine the events in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the war on terror, and attempt to explain how we reached this position, and where we go from here.




Debra Burlingame is the co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America and a director of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation at the World Trade Center. She has published articles for the Wall Street Journal and other publications on national security issues, and has testified before the Senate and the House of Representatives on terrorism-related issues.


Stephen Coughlin is a recognized expert on Shariah law and how it serves as the threat doctrine for our enemies. As a former military intelligence official, Stephen has provided briefs on the Shariah threat at the highest levels of the government. He is the author of the soon to be released book, “Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America In the Face of Jihad” (Center for Security Policy Press).


Kyle Shideler is the Director of Research and Communications at the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET). He is a contributing author of “Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network: America and the West’s Fatal Embrace” and has written for numerous online publications. He has also appeared as a commentator on talk radio discussing national security and terrorism issues.

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September 11, 2013
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM



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Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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