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Iraq: The Way Forward

What course should the United States take in Iraq? Scott Sagan, director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation, will moderate a panel discussion featuring three of the nation's leading thinkers on this question, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Bechtel Conference Center in Encina Hall at Stanford University.

William J. Perry, the 19th U.S. defense secretary, will discuss the analysis and recommendations that he and his colleagues in the Iraq Study Group recently presented in their final report to the president and the public. Larry Diamond, who served as a senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and James Fearon, a civil war expert who has presented Congressional testimony on Iraq, will offer perspectives based on their experiences and research. Diamond is the author of Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq. Fearon is the author of "The Civil War in Iraq," to appear in Foreign Affairs' March-April 2007 issue.

Sagan will moderate as the panel entertains questions from the audience. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.