How to Leave a Stable Iraq

Stephen D. Biddle Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, CFR; Coauthor, "How to Leave a Stable Iraq," Foreign Affairs, September/October 2008
Irina A. Faskianos Vice President, National Program & Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations
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Academic Conference Call: How to Leave a Stable Iraq (Audio)

Listen to Stephen Biddle, senior fellow for defense policy at CFR, discuss his recent Foreign Affairs article, "How to Leave a Stable Iraq," with students as part of the CFR Academic Conference Call Series.

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