Iraq's Impact on the Future of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy

The program was made possible by a generous gift from Rita E. Hauser (shown here) and was organized in collaboration with the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

The war in Iraq is "a supremely serious American initiative whose outcome will have equally serious implications for the ability of the United States to act in the world and influence events in the world in the coming years," said Steven Simon, Council on Foreign Relations Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, at a recent Council symposium, Iraq's Impact on the Future of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy. Though the symposium's four sessions focused on different facets of U.S. policy affected by the war, speakers continually considered current options for the United States in Iraq. Most participants identified three main choices: immediate U.S. withdrawal, gradual U.S. withdrawal, or the partition of Iraq into three autonomous regions that would then lead to a U.S. exit. But Michael Gordon, the New York Times' chief military correspondent, asked, "Why do you assume we get out?"

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This event was made possible by the generous support of longtime CFR member Rita E. Hauser.

Meetings

Symposium ⁄ New York

Iraq's Impact on the Future of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy: The U.S. and the Middle East (Session 1)

Speakers:

Toby Dodge, Senior Consulting Fellow for the Middle East, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, University of Maryland

Presider:

F. Gregory Gause III, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Vermont
October 6, 2006

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Iraq's Impact on the Future of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy: The U.S., Europe, and Asia (Session 2)

Speakers:

Dana H. Allin, Carol Deane Senior Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Phillip C. Saunders, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University

Presider:

Philip Gordon, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution
October 6, 2006

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Symposium ⁄ New York

Iraq's Impact on the Future of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy: The Direction of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy After the Intervention in Iraq (Session 3)

Speakers:

Michael R. Gordon, Chief Military Correspondent, New York Times, Ronald Steel, Professor of International Relations and History, University of Southern California

Presider:

Walter Russell Mead, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
October 6, 2006

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Symposium ⁄ New York

Iraq's Impact on the Future of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy: Coping with Rogue States, Failing States, and Proliferators (Session 4)

Speakers:

Lawrence D. Freedman, Professor of War Studies, King's College, London, Steven E. Miller, Director, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Presider:

Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 6, 2006

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