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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

George Bisharat
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.
Christopher Scheer
Co-Author, The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq.
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?
Putting Defense Back in Defense Policy
Putting Defense Back in Defense Policy

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The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told About Iraq
The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told About Iraq

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