The Crisis in Iraq And Its Security Threat To The U.S.
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Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Baghdad today amid the threat of a widening sectarian war. Over the weekend, Sunni insurgents captured a key border post with Syria. As Nouri Al-Malaki’s Shiite-led government continues to lose ground to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Kerry is expected to urge the prime minister to form a more inclusive government. President Barack Obama has ruled out U.S. military intervention in Iraq for now, saying he will send up to 300 advisers to better assess the situation on the ground. But some say Americans can’t turn the tide in Iraq without major political changes there. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of experts discuss the latest on the crisis in Iraq and the security threat it poses to the region and to the U. S.
director of research at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution; author of "The Persian Puzzle: the Conflict between Iran and America;" former director for Persian Gulf Affairs and former director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council; former Iran-Iraq military analyst, Central Intelligence Agency
analyst and joint fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center
author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World."
contributing editor, National Journal, Atlantic Media's Defense One and the National Interest; senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.
NPR correspondent reporting from Erbil, Iraq.