Iraq: What Lies Ahead
Black Coffee Briefings on the War in Iraq
About This Event

Victory in war has been achieved; victory in peace seems less certain. AEI will conclude its war-time series on Iraq with a look at the mistakes of the past and the challenges for the future. Will the Department of State snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Will the Security Council hold the Iraqi people hostage in order to assert "international" control? And what about the Iraqi people themselves? How will they recover from the terror of Saddam’s rule and the trauma of war?

Newt Gingrich, AEI senior fellow, will discuss military victory and diplomatic defeat--the imperative to transform the Department of State. Charles Krauthammer, nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post, will discuss stepping back and assessing the big picture. Sally Satel, AEI resident fellow, will speak about the psychological impact of the war.

Please join us at 9:00 a.m. on April 22 for analysis of military actions in Iraq, hard-hitting analysis, thoughtful criticism, and free-flowing strong black coffee.


8:45 a.m.




Newt Gingrich, AEI

Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

Sally Satel, AEI

Moderator: Danielle Pletka, AEI



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  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


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