Can the U.S. Withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq?
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Program: 11:00 AM 12:30 PM. Lunch to follow
The Independent Institute, 1319 Eighteenth Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20036
Former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Afghanistan and Assistant Secretary-General of the U.N.; former Ambassador to Croatia; author, The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End
Senior Fellow, The Independent Institute; author, Winning the Un-War: A New Strategy for the War on Terrorism
Civil strife in Iraq continues and instability may only increase after the January elections. U.S. withdrawal has become an acceptable strategy in Washington, but will it be tenable if violence escalates and Iraq unravels again? In Afghanistan, fraudulent elections have left U.S. policy in crisis. The lack of a legitimate, honest, and capable government may prevent a viable counterinsurgency from being established. Public debate has focused on the number of troops but there are more important issues that will determine the success of the U.S. effort. Our panelists will discuss whether the U.S. can best serve its interests in both Iraq and Afghanistan by adjusting U.S. policy while withdrawing from both countries soon.
Partitioning for Peace
In Partitioning for Peace, Ivan Eland writes a common sense challenge to the conventional wisdom that stability is best served by the continuation of every country currently on the map. In fact, holding countries together can be a force for instability, as Eland convincingly demonstrates in the case of Iraq. Where people overwhelmingly don't want to be part of a state, as in the case of the Iraqi Kurds, or disagree violently about the character of their state, as is true of the Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis, partition can be the more stable and peaceful outcome.