December 17, 2012

CNAS Marks One Year Anniversary of Iraq Withdrawal with Release of Two New Papers

To mark the one year
anniversary of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, the Center for a New
American Security has released two papers that offer insights into the U.S.
role there since 2003.

In Iraq in Hindsight: Views on the U.S. Withdrawal, Emma
Sky offers a pointed critique of U.S. policy over the last decade, arguing
that valuable lessons can be learned from the country's "American
era" now that U.S. forces have withdrawn. A
senior fellow at the Jackson Institute at Yale and a political advisor in Iraq
to General Raymond Odierno from 2007 to 2010, Sky examines these lessons
learned and urges U.S. policymakers to set realistic goals for future

the Partnership: The United States and Iraq A Year After Withdrawal
CNAS Visiting Fellow Melissa Dalton and Senior Fellow Nora Bensahel  note that the United States has
strategic interests in a strong, unified and sovereign Iraq. The United States
and Iraq, they argue, must maintain a solid partnership to resolve critical
geopolitical challenges, including maintaining a unified Iraq, increasing Iraqi
oil production and mitigating Iranian influence in the region.



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