Seminar Description

What It’s About: How to contend with Political Islam (Iran and Turkey/Qatar and ISIS)?

Frank GaffneyPresenter: Dr. David Wurmser, has been the executive and founding member of the Delphi Global Analysis Group, LLC – a firm specializing in geopolitical risk analysis and mitigation for companies from the United States, Europe, Japan and India operating in the infrastructure, raw materials, energy, high-tech, defense and financial sectors. From December 2018 until September 2019, Dr. Wurmser also served as senior advisor (Special Government Employee) to the U.S. National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton. Prior to founding the Delphi Global Analysis Group, LLC in 2007, Dr. Wurmser was the senior advisor from 2003-2007 to the U.S. Vice President (Richard Cheney) on Middle East, proliferation and strategic affairs — a duty requiring timely, high-pressure and accurate production of information, memoranda and briefings directly for the Vice President and the highest level of the US government during crises. His diplomatic missions included participating in sensitive high-level strategic discussions with Israel and Jordan, coordinating with foreign governments on Iran policy, participating on the United States negotiating team at several Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meetings and conferences, and helping negotiate base rights in key countries (Qatar) prior to the 2003 Iraq War. Immediately following the 9/11 attacks, Dr. Wurmser consulted until January 2002 for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the U.S. Department of Defense on a war related classified project on understanding the nature and strategic significance of terrorist group networks and their interactions with states. Dr. Wurmser’s military service includes 11 years of intelligence experience in the U.S. Navy Reserves, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He served several times as the ranking intelligence officer on the USS Portland where he served as commanding-officer-on-deck (at port), and as chief navigator. Dr. Wurmser holds a B.A. (political science), M.A. (international affairs and international economics) and a Ph.D. (on U.S. foreign policy and Middle East affairs) under Professors Fouad Ajami and Robert Tucker from the Johns Hopkins University. His doctoral dissertation focused on Israeli strategic thought in context of democratic society from founding.

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