Middle East Expert to Share Views On Syrian Conflict, ISIS at Conference

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As international crises fixate political leaders and traumatize millions of citizens caught in conflict, particularly in the Middle East, a former military leader and one-time advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama will share his views at the NACD Board Leadership Conference.

Retired USMC Gen. James L. Jones, former national security advisor to President Obama, has for the last two years served as chief executive of the United States-Kurdistan Business Council. (USKBC) Jones’ perspective on the role of boards in the oversight of geopolitical risk, including implications of volatile situation in the Middle East and the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have been informed by his decades of experience in international policy, national security, and global competitiveness.

In July, Jones and the USKBC hosted two top Kurdish officials for meetings in Washington: Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff to Massoud Barzani, the Kurdish regional government president, and Falah Mustafa Bakir, the head of the Kurdish foreign relations department. Earlier this month, Jones facilitated meetings between Bakir and both key administration officials and Congressional leaders, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Jones, who will be interviewed on Tuesday, Oct. 14 by NACD Managing Director and Senior Advisor Jeffrey M. Cunningham, will also share insights into how boards have a critical role in ensuring their companies are recognizing and preparing to navigate the nuances of current and emerging political, business, and economic issues.

The NACD Board Leadership Conference begins on Oct. 12 at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland—just minutes from downtown Washington, D.C.

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