Progress and Peril in Postwar Iraq
Rebuilding Post-Saddam Iraq
About This Event

While the stunning military victory in Iraq is undeniable, questions have been raised about U.S. planning for post-Saddam Iraq. Concerns regarding security arrangements and the economy remain unresolved. What must the United States do to establish rule of law? What groups are working to destabilize Iraq? Why has an interim authority for Iraq been delayed, and how will that affect reconstruction and security?

AEI is pleased to host Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex.) on June 10 to speak on the establishment of the rule of law in Iraq.The senator's speech will be followed by a panel discussion on progress and peril in postwar Iraq.


2:45 p.m.




Danielle Pletka, AEI

The Rule of Law and the Foundation of Iraqi Freedom


John Cornyn, U.S. senator


Panel Discussion


Basil Al-Rahim, MerchantBridge & Co., Ltd.

Kenneth Katzman, Congressional Research Service

Hassan Mneimneh, Iraq Research and Documentation Project, Harvard University


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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