Winning or Losing the "End State" in Iraq
CSIS hosted an event with
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for Iraq
Winning or Losing the “End State” in Iraq
Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman
Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, CSIS
Iraq faces a difficult transition as the vast majority of U.S. military forces that have played a vital role in securing and developing the country will be out of Iraq by the end of 2011. As the U.S. State Department takes the lead in 2012, Iraq faces a number of problems, including ongoing violence, still-developing governance, a weak justice system, and slow economic development. The U.S. ability to help Iraq make that transition will do much to determine Iraq's future, whether Iraq becomes a strategic partner, and the future security of both the Gulf and world energy exports.
Michael Corbin, deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for Iraq issues, discussed how the United States plans to make this transition, the new role of the State Department in Iraq, and U.S. plans to help Iraq to develop and achieve lasting security.