Christopher Newport: Mugged by Reality

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CNU Center for American Studies: “Mugged by Reality: What We Learned in Iraq and Forgot in Afghanistan”


On September 15, 2021, the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University, a JMC partner program, commemorated the 20th anniversary of September 11. The event was live streamed and available to watch now.

Political Scientists John Agresto (author of Mugged by Reality: The Liberation of Iraq and the Failure of Good Intentions) and James R. Harrigan (former Dean of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani) delivered remarks on the lessons learned, and forgotten, in the United States’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Wednesday, September 15, 2012 • 4:00 PM
Peebles Theater • Christopher Newport University

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John Agresto, Board MemberJohn Agresto is the former President of St. John’s College. John has taught at the University of Toronto, Kenyon College, Duke University and The New School. He has written in the areas of politics, law, and education for The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Academic Questions, and History of American Political Thought, among others. John formerly served as a senior adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Coalition Provisional Authority. He is the former provost and chancellor of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani.

John received his A.B from Boston College and a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University. He is currently a probate judge for Santa Fe County.

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James R. Harrigan is Senior Editor at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is also co-host of the Words & Numbers podcast. Dr. Harrigan was previously Dean of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, and later served as Director of Academic Programs at the Institute for Humane Studies and Strata, where he was also a Senior Research Fellow. He has written extensively for the popular press, with articles appearing in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and a host of other outlets. He is also co-author of Cooperation & Coercion. His current work focuses on the intersections between political economy, public policy, and political philosophy.

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