Iraq: After the Surge
On the cusp of the 4th anniversary of the Iraq war, the implications of the troop surge for the future of Iraq are yet unclear. In the Council Special Report “After the Surge: The Case for U.S. Military Disengagement from Iraq,” Steven Simon argues that a continued U.S. presence is detrimental to U.S. interests, as there is nothing left to gain but much to lose. Join Mr. Simon and Walter Slocombe for a discussion on the future of U.S. policy in Iraq.
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With violence down and U.S. troop deaths at their lowest point since the Iraq war began, military analysts are in near-agreement that Iraq is more secure today. But CFR's Stephen Biddle and Steven Simon disagree on how to ensure stability continues. They discuss their views during this inaugural Foreign Affairs Live debate.
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Iraqi filmmaker Oday Rasheed discusses his second film, Qarantina, which follows the story of a broken family in Baghdad who takes in a mysterious boarder. Qarantina is part of the Global Lens 2012 film series and was co-presented with the Global Film Initiative.