A leading authority on Iraq, Ambassador Peter Galbraith joins the Council for a discussion on the unintended consequences of the war in Iraq and what the next US administration should do in the Middle East.
Having worked on Iraq for more than 25 years, he is responsible for uncovering and documenting the start of Saddam Hussein's genocide against the Kurds and was with Kurdish rebels during their 1991 uprising.
Since 2003, Galbraith has made more than twenty trips to Iraq, and is the architect of the partition plan that is considered the main alternative to President Bush's Iraq strategy- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Ambassador Peter Galbraith
Amb. Peter W. Galbraith, one of America's leading authorities on Iraq, has been in Iraq many times over the last twenty-one years during historic turning points for the country: the Iraq-Iran War, the Kurdish genocide, the 1991 uprising, the immediate aftermath of the 2003 war, and the writing of Iraq's constitutions. In his new book, The End of Iraq, he offers many firsthand observations of the men who are now Iraq's leaders. He draws on his nearly two decades of involvement in Iraq policy working for the U.S. government to appraise what has occurred and what will happen. The End of Iraq describes America's failed strategy toward that country and what must be done now.
Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith discusses the controversy behind a comment made by Nouri al-Maliki on a timetable for withdrawal. Mr. al-Maliki's comment, says Galbraith, indicates support for Barack Obama's plan to withdraw from Iraq.
Author and Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith offers solutions to alleviate damage upon a withdrawal from Iraq. Galbraith suggests that the U.S. continue to protect Kurdistan, set up spheres of influence in the region, and focus attention to other potential threats such as Iran.
I believe it is about time to allow the Iraqi government to stand on its own two feet. The biggest threat to Iraq right now is our continued occupation of their country. Ultimately we must allow this fledgling democracy to stand on her own and be shaped by the will of her people.