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.
PanelistsAmatzia Baram Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace; Former Visiting Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, BrookingsDavid Kay Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and former head of the Iraq Survey GroupIvo H. Daalder Former Brookings Expert, President - Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Former U.S. Ambassador to NATOMichael 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