Featuring Randal Quarles, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs; Patricia Adams, Executive Director of Probe International, Author of Odious Debts; Irwin Stelzer, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Richard Rahn, Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; Patrick Basham, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Radwan A. Masmoudi, President, Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy; Michael Hudson, Georgetown University.
The Bush administration’s plan for the reconstruction of post-Saddam Iraq includes the laudable goals of a democratic political system and a vibrant free-market economy. The new Iraqi democracy, it is argued, will serve as a model throughout the Islamic world. Moreover, the administration sees the free market as a vehicle for millions of Iraqis to escape poverty and unemployment. The panelists will discuss the priorities of Iraqi reconstruction and whether the administration’s goals are realistic.