On January 23, Brookings hosted a discussion on Iraq and U.S. policy options in 2008. As President Bush prepares for the annual State of the Union address, just after his first tour of the Middle East, Brookings experts Carlos Pascual, Martin Indyk, Mike O’Hanlon, Ivo Daalder and Peter Rodman examined future Bush Administration options in dealing with the Iraq conflict and the continuing struggle to stabilize that embattled nation.
The panelists explored specific policy questions facing the Bush Administration in 2008; including: how many U.S. forces will remain in Iraq and for how long; what strategy the Bush Administration should adopt in dealing with the Iraqi leadership; and how the U.S. can foster political reconciliation among the various Iraqi factions.
Introduction and Moderator
PanelistsPhilip H. Gordon Former Brookings Expert, Mary and David Boies Senior Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy - Council on Foreign RelationsMichael E. O’Hanlon Director of Research - Foreign Policy, Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy