A year ago, the United States and its allies invaded Iraq with the stated objectives of destroying Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, removing Saddam Hussein from power, clamping down on global terrorism, and fostering democracy in a troubled region.
Although the military operation was swift and successful, the long-term implications are less clear. Debate has focused on the failure to find weapons of mass destruction, continuing security problems and the political future of Iraq. While relations with allies and the UN have improved, there are on-going questions about the Bush Administration’s long-term strategy for the Middle East.
At this press briefing, a panel of Brookings experts on Iraq and the Middle East will look back on the lessons learned from the United States year-long involvement in Iraq and discuss the ongoing diplomatic and military challenges.