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.