While the security situation in Iraq has dramatically improved since the dark days of 2006, the nearly nine months required to produce a government following the March 7 elections are a painful reminder that the country remains fragile and potentially volatile. While Iraqi politicians attempted to form a consensus government, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings convened a small working group of highly-regarded experts on Iraq from across the political spectrum to produce a consensus report aimed at guiding U.S. policy toward Iraq. As this report makes clear, even though the focus of many Americans remain turned inward to domestic matters, Iraq remains a problem U.S. policymakers ignore at their own peril.
On December 2, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy will release the results of this working group in a new report called "Unfinished Business: An American Strategy for Iraq Moving Forward.” Panelists include the working group leader, Senior Fellow Kenneth Pollack, director of the Saban Center, along with working group members, Raad Alkadiri of PFC Energy; J. Scott Carpenter, director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Project Fikra; and Sean Kane, program officer for the United States Institute of Peace’s Iraq Programs.
Kenneth Pollack will provide introductory remarks and moderate the discussion. After the program, the panelists will take audience questions.