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The Way Forward in Iraq: An Examination of the Petraeus-Crocker Progress Report

Leading Brookings experts representing a uniquely broad spectrum of views examined the implications of a pivotal Iraq progress report from General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker to Congress. Specifically, they reviewed the details of the surge report card; assessed if President Bush’s “surge” strategy is working; should be modified or abandoned; and provided an assessment of the way ahead in Iraq.

Participants included Philip H. Gordon, senior fellow; Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow; Kenneth M. Pollack, senior fellow and director of research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy; Bruce Riedel, senior fellow; Peter Rodman, senior fellow; and Susan Rice, senior fellow. Carlos Pascual, vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies, provided introductory remarks and moderated the panel. After the program, panelists took audience questions.



Introduction and Moderator


Kenneth M. Pollack

Former Brookings Expert

Acting Director, <a href="">Saban Center for Middle East Policy</a>


Philip H. Gordon

Former Brookings Expert

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Susan E. Rice

Former Brookings Expert

Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Executive Office of the President

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