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MG Jeffrey Buchanan, USA Discussion on Operation New Dawn: Bridge to an Enduring Partnership

Aug 18, 2011
11:00am to 12:00pm ET

Center for a New American Security
Washington, DC

Iraq has the potential to become a pivotal strategic partner for the United States and its allies in the region. But Iraq is also undergoing its democratic transition and its security situation remains complex and challenging. In light of the impending end of the United States Forces–Iraq mission this December, Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, USA, Director of Strategic Effects for United States Forces-Iraq, visited the Center for a New American Security to speak about the evolving role of the United States in Iraq and the challenges and opportunities for the future of U.S.-Iraq relations amidst a changed Middle East. MG Buchanan discussed the successes of the Iraqi security forces, the status of the bilateral security agreement and the strategic framework agreement that will determine the future role of the United States in Iraq, and took questions from the audience on the threats posed by both al Qaeda in Iraq and by Iran's continued efforts to isolate the country.