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Film Screening and Discussion: Our War

February 24, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join Professor Tim Nichols and three of Duke’s Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellows to watch and discuss the documentary Our War which follows three westerners who joined the Kurds in Northern Syria, to battle the self-declared Islamic State. The film chronicles their choices, nightmares, hopes, comrades, friends lost, and continued struggle for what they believe in. The AGS audience will be invited to simultaneously stream the film from Duke Libraries or Amazon and then, following the film at approximately 7:15pm, participate in a panel discussion. Run time is 1 hour 8 minutes. More information about how to view the film and register for the discussion here.


Panel Participants:

Colonel Jon Harvey is a US Army Field Artillery Officer originally from Nebraska City, Nebraska. He has commanded soldiers at every level from small units to a battalion, and he has extensive staff experience to include the Joint Staff, the Army Staff, and U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

Colonel Matt Ross is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana.  He graduated from West Point in 2001 and accepted a Regular Army commission in the Infantry.  Matt has extensive experience working in interagency environments, completed a tour at a US Embassy in the Middle East, and deployed on multiple occasions throughout Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

Matthew Whittemore grew up in Bedford, New Hampshire and is a Supervisory Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Matt’s FBI career began in 2010 working in the Los Angeles Division, Orange County Resident Agency, Joint Terrorism Task Force which included several high profile investigations that led to multiple disruptions and prosecutions of homegrown violent extremists.


Sponsored by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, co-sponsored by the Duke Department of Political Science and the Duke Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship Program.


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February 24, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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