The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War without End

(Simon & Schuster, 2006)

Book Forum
October 19, 2006 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

1st floor/Wintergarden

Featuring the author, Peter W. Galbraith, Former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia and Senior Diplomatic Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation; with comments by Marina S. Ottaway, Director of Middle East Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Christopher A. Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

Author Peter W. Galbraith offers a stinging criticism of the Bush administration’s abortive nation-building policies in Iraq. Galbraith argues that it would have been nearly impossible to ever develop Iraq into a unified, democratic nation, and it has only become less likely over the past three years. Rather than persist in this futile mission, the United States should instead advocate the transformation of the Iraqi state into three independent nations. From first-hand experience and a deep knowledge of Iraq, Galbraith brings forth new ideas on how to end the American occupation. Please join us for a lively discussion of this book with the author and our distinguished commentators.