Iraq: The Way Forward - Assessing Iraqization
12:00-12:30 p.m. Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. Meeting
Three years after the beginning of U.S. military action in Iraq, Stephen Biddle will discuss iraqization and examine its potential perils.
This meeting is a guest event.
"World-weary exhaustion in Washington seems to be taking even energetic diplomatic engagement off the table," reports Gayle Tzemach-Lemmon.
Hoshyar Zebari, minister of foreign affairs for Iraq, discusses the current situation in Iraq, regional relations, and Iraq's role in the international community.
"The resurgence of Iraq's Shiites is the greatest legacy of the American invasion, which overthrew Sunni rule and replaced it with a government led by Shiites—the first since the eighteenth century. Eight years after Maliki took power, Iraqis are sorting through the consequences. The Green Zone—still known by its English name—has the same otherworldly feel that it did during the American war: a placid, manicured outpost in a jungle of trouble. Now, though, it is essentially a bastion of Shiite power, in a country shot through with angry Sunni citizens."