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: Strategic Redeployment: The Way Forward in Iraq
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Strategic Redeployment: The Way Forward in Iraq

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM EST

Strategic Redeployment: The Way Forward in Iraq

More than two and a half years ago, U.S.-led military forces toppled Saddam Hussein from power. Today, however, the United States has spent over $250 billion, and more than 2,000 troops have been killed in Iraq. An increasing number of Americans are now looking for a new direction. Strategic Redeployment, a proposal authored by the Center for American Progress’s Lawrence J. Korb and Brian Katulis, offers a responsible exit strategy for U.S. forces. Please join the Center and its expert guests for a panel discussion of Strategic Redeployment and other possible strategies for moving forward in Iraq and the broader war against global terrorist networks.

Video & Transcript
• Introduction: Video
• James Dobbins:
• Brian Katulis: Video
• Dr. Lawrence Korb: Video
• Panel Discussion: Video
• Q&A Session: Video
• Transcript:
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James Dobbins, Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND
Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, and Senior Adviser, Center for Defense Information
Brian Katulis, Director, Democracy and Public Diplomacy, Center for American Progress

Moderated by:
Caroline Wadhams, Senior Policy Analyst for National Security, Center for American Progress


James Dobbins directs RAND’s International Security and Defense Policy Center. He has held State Department and White House posts including Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Special Assistant to the President for the Western Hemisphere, Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State for the Balkans, and Ambassador to the European Community. He has handled a variety of crisis management assignments as the Clinton Administration’s special envoy for Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo, and the Bush Administration’s first special envoy for Afghanistan. He is the principal author of the two volume RAND History of Nation Building. In the wake of September 11, 2001, Mr. Dobbins was designated as the Bush Administration’s representative to the Afghan opposition. He helped organize and then represented the United States at the Bonn Conference, where a new Afghan government was formed. On Dec. 16, 2001, he raised the flag over the newly reopened U.S. Embassy. Earlier in his State Department career, Mr. Dobbins served twice as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, as Deputy Chief of Mission in Germany, and as Acting Assistant Secretary for Europe. He served three years in the U.S. Navy.

Brian Katulis is Director of Democracy and Public Diplomacy on the National Security Team at the Center for American Progress. He has served in the Clinton administration with the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State and the Near East and South Asian Directorate of the National Security Council. Katulis also serves as a senior analyst and consultant to Freedom House. Katulis has lived and worked for human rights and democracy promotion organizations in several countries in the Middle East, including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, and the Palestinian territories. He has published articles in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. Katulis received a graduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.

Dr. Lawrence Korb is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Senior Advisor to the Center for Defense Information. He was Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration (1981-85). Prior to joining the Center, he was a Senior Fellow and Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From July 1998 to October 2002, he was Council Vice President, Director of Studies, and holder of the Maurice Greenberg Chair. Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Korb served as Director of the Center for Public Policy Education and Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and Vice President of Corporate Operations at the Raytheon Company.

Caroline Wadhams is a Senior Policy Analyst for National Security at the Center for American Progress. Prior to joining the Center, Caroline worked as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) on foreign policy issues. She also worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York as a Research Associate on national security issues and in Washington, D.C. as the Assistant Director for the Meetings Program. She received a Master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.