The Crisis in Iraq And Its Security Threat To The U.S.

Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers take part in a training session on June 20 2014, in the southern Shiite Muslim shrine city of Najaf as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities. - HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images

Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers take part in a training session on June 20 2014, in the southern Shiite Muslim shrine city of Najaf as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities.

HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images

The Crisis in Iraq And Its Security Threat To The U.S.

President Barack Obama is sending 300 special forces to bolster the Iraqi government against Islamic militants. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of experts discuss the latest on the crisis and the security threat it poses to the region and the U.S.

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.

Guests

Kenneth Pollack

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

Robin Wright

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."

James Kitfield

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.

Deborah Amos

NPR correspondent reporting from Erbil, Iraq.

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