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Showdown with Iraq

As the showdown approaches in the confrontation to disarm Iraq, the Brookings Institution is inaugurating a weekly briefing series on Iraq and policy issues related to a possible war, beginning this Thursday, February 6.

This first briefing—being held the day after Secretary of State Colin Powell makes the U.S. case at the UN, the day after Iraq responds to Powell’s presentation, and just before a meeting in Baghdad of UN weapons inspectors and Iraqi officials—will address a range of news developments as they unfold both here and in the Middle East.

Panelists will discuss a number of pressing topics relating to a possible war, including reaction by the United States and Saddam Hussein to Powell’s February 5 presentation to the UN; the progress of the UN weapons inspections team; military preparations; U.S. policy options; and the European perspective on the current crisis.

Agenda

Moderator

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James B. Steinberg

Former Brookings Expert

University Professor, Social Science, International Affairs, and Law - Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Panelists

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Amatzia Baram

Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace; Former Visiting Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings

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David Kay

Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and former head of the Iraq Survey Group

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