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Foreign Affairs Live: A Discussion of Iraqi Futures

Speakers: Steven Simon and Stephen D. Biddle
Presider: James F. Hoge Jr.

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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Foreign Affairs Live: A Discussion of Iraqi Futures (Audio)

Speakers: Steven Simon and Stephen D. Biddle
Presider: James F. Hoge Jr.

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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Weekly Standard: Misfortunes of War

Author: Noemie Emery

Noemie Emery, contributing editor to the Weekly Standard, says Sen. Barack Obama's opposition to the troop surge in Iraq raises questions about his judgment on foreign policy matters. Emery says the surge's success has caused "incoherence" in the Democratic Party's line on Iraq.

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Not Quite Ready to Go Home

Authors: Stephen D. Biddle, Michael E. O'Hanlon, and Kenneth M. Pollack
New York Times

“Having recently returned from a research trip to Iraq, we are convinced that a total withdrawal of combat troops any time soon would be unwise,” write Stephen Biddle, Michael E. O’Hanlon and Kenneth M. Pollack. Although recent success in Iraq has prompted more calls for withdrawal, a continued American presence is needed to preserve the fragile peace in that country.

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