Jan 30

Past Event

A Civilian "Surge" for Iraq

Event Materials


As the situation in Iraq stabilizes and a new administration takes office, the public debate on U.S. policy toward Iraq has focused on the redeployment and withdrawal of U.S. troops. This has resulted in far less attention being paid to civilian assistance programs, although such programs could very well play the crucial role in Iraq’s long-term stabilization.

On January 30, the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement hosted a discussion with a panel of leading experts on civilian assistance programs, including those who have worked on the ground in Iraq, to examine the work of civilian aid agencies. Panelists will also explore the experiences of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Iraq, the role of humanitarian assistance in U.S. foreign policy and the potential role of the United Nations. Brookings Senior Fellow Elizabeth Ferris provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction and Moderator

  • Panelists

    • Ambassador Henry Clarke (ret.)

      Former Head of the Office of Provincial Affairs in Iraq

    • Travis Gartner

      Community Stabilization Program Office Director in Iraq, International Relief and Development

    • Michel Gabaudan

      Regional Representative for the United States of America and the Caribbean, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    • Jeanne Pryor

      Deputy Director, Iraq Office, U.S. Agency for International Development

    • Brigadier General David G. Reist

      Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, United States Marine Corps

    • Rabih Torbay

      Vice President for International Operations, International Medical Corps


January 30, 2009

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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