Lessons Learned from Iraq and How They Apply to North Africa

The event highlighted the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) experience in Iraq and examined the major problems it discovered, such as America’s “ad hoc” approach, the effectiveness of oversight, funding challenges, and the larger issue of nation-building. Experts explored how lessons learned from Iraq could be applied to other American-led efforts, such as those associated with emerging democracies.

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) Stuart Bowen on March 6 released SIGIR’s final report for Congress, “Learning From Iraq,” which details the accomplishments of the U.S. reconstruction efforts in Iraq. The report provides an “instructive picture of what was the largest stabilization and reconstruction operation ever undertaken by the United States (until recently overtaken by Afghanistan)."  Additionally, the report outlines seven lessons that the U.S. should implement to improve its approach to future stabilization and reconstruction operations.

The event highlighted SIGIR's experience in Iraq and examined the major problems it discovered, such as America’s “ad hoc” approach, the effectiveness of oversight, funding challenges, and the larger issue of nation-building. Experts explored how lessons learned from Iraq could be applied to other American-led efforts, such as those associated with emerging democracies.
 

Speakers

  • Jim Marshall, Introductory Remarks
    President, United States Institute of Peace
  • Stuart Bowen, Keynote Remarks
    Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR)
  • Amb. William B. Taylor, Jr., Panelist
    Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions, Middle East Transitions (MET) - U.S. Department of State
  • John Nagl, Panelist
    Minerva Research Professor, U.S. Naval Academy
    Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security 
  • Manal Omar, Panelist
    Director of Iraq, Iran, and North Africa Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Quil Lawrence, Moderator
    Veterans Correspondent, Former Baghdad Bureau Chief, NPR

 

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