Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), is the General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair of Military History at The Ohio State University and a military analyst for CNN. He assumed his academic position in September 2008 after a 26 year career in the U.S. Army that culminated in his service as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq. Col. Mansoor commanded the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division from 2003-2005, was the founding director of the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center, and served on the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff “Council of Colonels” that reexamined the strategy for the Iraq War. Dr. Mansoor is a 1982 distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a PhD in history from The Ohio State University. He is the author ofBaghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq, an account of the difficulties of the U.S. war in Iraq during the first year of the conflict, and the newly released Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War, a history of the Iraq War focusing on the surge of 2007-2008.
Iraq War, 2003-present
Retired U.S. Army Colonel Peter Mansoor served in the Iraq War as a brigade commander in Baghdad and Karbala in 2003-2004 and as executive officer to General David Petraeus in 2007-2008. He is the author of two books on the conflict: Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq (2008) and Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War (2013). Col. Mansoor can discuss what went wrong in Iraq, the execution and outcome of the surge of 2007-2008, and why the United States ultimately failed to achieve its objectives in that country.
Current events in the Middle East
The seizure of much of northern and western Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, in the first six months of 2014 shocked the world. ISIS has instilled its particularly brutal version of Shari’a law on the territory it occupies, driving out Christians, Yezidis, Turkmen, and Shi’a Arabs, beheading captives, and forcing women into sexual slavery. The United States and its allies are now wrestling with the dangers ISIS poses and how to degrade and destroy the organization. Retired U.S. Army Colonel Peter Mansoor can speak on the rise of the Islamic State, the threat it poses to the Middle East and the global community, and the campaign to destroy the organization.
World War II/U.S. Military History
Dr. Peter Mansoor is the Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair of Military History at The Ohio State University and is a specialist on modern U.S. military history. He is the author of The GI Offensive in Europe: The Triumph of American Infantry Divisions, 1941-1945 (1999), winner of the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award. Dr. Mansoor can speak on a variety of topics concerning U.S. military history, particularly its involvement in World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq War.
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