A Tale of Two Cities: Events in DC to Mark the Fall of Baghdad

Today, April 9, marks the 10th anniversary of the fall of Baghdad after the US invasion. Within the last decade, the international affairs community has dissected, discussed, and discerned lessons from the War in Iraq. With the anniversary of the early days of the war upon us, Washington is abuzz with events and panels to educate the public on Iraq. This week alone there are five great events that we here at EPIC are excited to attend, and we hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 9
Lessons Learned from Iraq and How They Apply to North Africa
10:00 – 11:30 am
U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Avenue, NW

“The event will highlight SIGIR’s experience in Iraq and examine 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 will explore how lessons learned from Iraq can be applied to other American-led efforts, such as those associated with emerging democracies. Please join us on April 9, 2013 from 10:00am to 11:30am for what promises to be a relevant and timely discussion.”

Was Iraq Worth It?
6:30 – 8:00 pm
World Affairs Council
1801 K Street NW
Mezzanine Level

“WAC-DC convenes a discussion of the long term impact of the war on US foreign policy and its effects on US military planning and beyond.”

Wednesday, April 10
The Arab Awakening and the New Sectarian Divide
10:00 – 11:30 am
Brookings Institute
1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Saul/Zilkha Rooms

“With the rise of violence between ‘Alawis and Sunnis in Syria, and the ongoing Shi’a-Sunni strife in Iraq, the danger of sectarianism is growing. Will a deepening and potentially violent sectarian divide between Sunni and Shi’a be a lasting legacy of the Arab awakening? How will important smaller countries like Bahrain and Lebanon be affected? Will Iran exploit this trend? How should the United States adjust its foreign policy to reflect the dangers of sectarianism?”

Culture, Cultural Training, and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
12:00 – 1:30 pm
3600 N St NW
Mortara Center, Conference Room

“Mid-way through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, cultural knowledge was positioned as a new key to  mission effectiveness and battlespace awareness and the way to help win the hearts and minds of civilians. The resulting strategizing resulted in an internal change to integrate culture into U.S. military strategy, tactics, and training. Based on interviews with US troops and Iraqis as well as extensive culture-centered materials collected between 2007 and 2012, we will examines the culture arguments in these wars, charts the challenges and conflicts around counterinsurgency and culture, and offers lessons for military engagement with culture and conflict.”

Thursday, April 11
The Future of Iraq: Policy and National Security Challenges
6:30 – 8:00 pm
3600 N St NW
Mortara Center, Conference Room

“Join us in assessing the challenges to Iraq’s future development, the challenges and opportunities Iraq continues to pose for US regional and national security interests, and exploring how Iraq fits into a broader regional picture with numerous other security challenges, from Iran to Syria.”

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