About the speaker
Michael Pregent is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer with more than 28 years of experience working security, terrorism, counter-insurgency, and policy issues in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia. He served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, served as a liaison officer in Egypt during the 2000 Intifada, as a counter-insurgency intelligence officer at CENTCOM in 2001, and as a company commander in Afghanistan in 2002.
Pregent spent considerable time working malign Iranian influence in Iraq as an advisor to Iraq’s Security and Intelligence apparatus, including an embedded advisory role with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Office of the Commander-in-Chief. He also served as an embedded advisor with the Peshmerga in Mosul 2005-06. As a civilian working for DIA, he served as a political and military advisor to USF-I focusing on reconciliation, the insurgency, and Iranian influence in Iraq from 2007-2011. He was a violent extremism and foreign fighter analyst at CENTCOM from 2011-2013.
Mr. Pregent holds a Masters in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Defense Language Institute in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Dialect. He is an adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute. He is a senior Middle East analyst, a former adjunct lecturer for the College of International Security Affairs, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.
He frequently appears as an expert analyst on Shia militias, Iran, Iraq, and ISIS with appearances on BBC World News, Al-Jazeera International, CNN, CNN International, and Fox News.
Robert R. Reilly:
It’s a particular pleasure to welcome our speaker tonight back to Westminster because he was kind enough to speak here about a year year and a half ago so he may be known to to some of the veterans in the room.
Michael Pregent is a former intelligence officer who spent considerable time working malign Iranian influence in Iraq subjects but you’d be hard to run out of I’m sure so much of it he served as an adviser to Iraq security and intelligence apparatus included including an embedded advisory role within Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s extra constitutional office of the commander-in-chief, which it turns out as we will learn tonight was set up to ensure Iranian-backed Shia military party control of Iraq’s security and political processes.
I do remember from when I first had the pleasure of meeting Mike of hearing a story whether it was this embedded or in another occasion when he’s sitting in the room with a group of Iraqis who naturally enough are speaking in the Arabic and they get into a sensitive subject the re and they said no no wait who’s this guy we all want to talk with oh don’t worry he’s a he’s just a stupid American and might being not only an intelligence professional but intelligence sat there as if he hadn’t understood a word they said while of course he’s completely fluent in Arabic.
Just a couple quick items aside from those experience he was also an embedded advisor with the Peshmerga in Mosul in 2005-2006. He served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was a company commander in Afghanistan. He served as liaison officer in Egypt during the 2000 Intifada counterintelligence counterespionage a at CENTCOM the list of his experiences and the background for his deep knowledge goes on so without further ado let me ask Mike to come up to talk tonight about, “After ISIS: The Future of Iraq under Iran.”