A week before President Bush meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari, Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del.) will discuss U.S. policy in Iraq. Senator Biden, the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, just returned from his fifth bipartisan trip to Iraq and will address the challenges faced by the U.S. and Iraqi people with respect to the insurgency, continuing problems in establishing security, and the slow pace of reconstruction. Calling for greater congressional oversight, he will offer specific benchmarks that he believes must be established to measure progress. James Steinberg, director of the Foreign Policy Studies Program, will provide introductory remarks.
Following Senator Biden’s remarks, there will be a question and answer session.