The Future of Iraq: Democracy or Quagmire?
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Reception: 6:30 p.m. | Program: 7:00 p.m.
The Independent Institute Conference Center
100 Swan Way, Oakland, California
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Professor of Law, Middle East Affairs, Hastings College of Law, University of California
|James H. Noyes
Research Fellow, Persian Gulf Security, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Although the June 30th deadline for the United States to hand over sovereignty to the Iraqis is fast approaching, the violence in Iraq (including the prison-torture scandal) continues to escalate far beyond U.S. expectations. In that environment, what powers and responsibilities will the new Iraqi government have? Will such powers be real or merely symbolic? How well will the new government represent Iraqi society? In the long-run, will the outcome in Iraq be increased chaos and violence, a civil war, an Islamic state, a Western-style liberal democracy, or some other result? Given the deterioration of the security situation, what is the U.S. course of action that would have the greatest chance of giving Iraq peace, self-governance, and economic well-being?
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