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Innovative Solutions for Iraq
Independent Policy Forum & Open House Reception
Thursday, February 16, 2006

Thursday • 16 February 2006
Forum 2:00 • 3:30 PM • Reception 3:30 • 5:00 PM

The Independent Institute
Washington, D.C. Office
1319 Eighteenth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-1802

We are pleased to invite you to join us in inaugurating our new Washington office. This special Independent Institute event will include a timely policy forum on solutions to the current problems of U.S. involvement in Iraq, followed by a reception in the private ballroom of one of the most beautiful turn-of-the-century mansions at Dupont Circle, providing the perfect opportunity to discuss new directions for U.S. policy with the speakers and distinguished Institute fellows.

Lawrence J. Korb
Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, is former Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Reagan administration. His many books include The Fall and Rise of the Pentagon and Reshaping America’s Military.
Lt. Gen. William E. Odom
Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and Professor at Yale University. He is former Director of the National Security Agency and Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence for the U.S. Army. He is the author of America’s Inadvertent Empire, The Collapse of the Soviet Military, and other books.
D. Gareth Porter
Independent Analyst with the Inter Press Service, a Foreign Policy in Focus scholar, and author of the book, Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press).
Ivan Eland
Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at The Independent Institute. He is former Principal Defense Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office and Evaluator-in-Charge (national security and intelligence) at the U.S. General Accounting Office. His books include The Empire Has No Clothes and Putting “Defense” Back Into U.S. Defense Policy.
Peter Brookes
Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs and Director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation. He has been Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs, and he is author of the book, A Devil's Triangle: Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Rogue States.

The recent elections in Iraq have not resolved the main problems there—a constitutional crisis, continued terrorism, a potent Sunni rebellion, and fighting between religious and ethnic groups that could result in a full-blown civil war. Is the Iraq war a hopeless quagmire that has been lost, or can the U.S. still foster a united, peaceful and prosperous Iraq? If the latter, how can this be achieved? Should the Iraqi constitution be revised and, if so, how? Should the U.S. withdraw its forces—with Iraq partitioned—or use the threat of withdrawal to pressure Iraqi groups into a negotiated settlement? Should the U.S. extract troops rapidly, pull them out gradually, stay the course with current Bush administration policy, or escalate its involvement, as advocated by Senator John McCain? This very timely policy forum will address these thorny issues and propose varied and innovative solutions for Iraq.

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