With the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War upon us, our guests will discuss the current state of Iraq, the effectiveness of the surge in light of recent attacks in Baghdad and their impact on future troop levels.


  • Peter Rodman Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (2001-07)
  • Lawrence Korb Senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration
  • Rick Barton Rick Barton is a senior adviser in the CSIS International Security Program and codirector of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project
  • Michele Flournoy Formerly a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, she is now president and co-founder of the Center for a New American Security.
  • Amb. Charles Ries Minister for Economic Affairs and Coordinator for Economic Transition in Iraq. (He's the number three U.S. official in Baghdad)

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