The Prospects in Syria and Iraq: Will President Obama’s Strategy Work?

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Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith


Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

October 22nd, 2014 at 1pm at the New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith is the Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his work focuses on Iraq, the greater Middle East, and conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction, specifically in the Balkans, Indonesia, Iraq, India/Pakistan, and Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining the Center, Galbraith was a professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College. He has held senior positions in the United States government and with the United Nations. From 1979 to 1993, Galbraith was a senior advisor on Near East and South Asia and international organizations to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. From 1993 to 1998, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Croatia where he was actively involved in the Croatia and Bosnia peace processes. In 1995, he helped mediate the Erdut Agreement that ended the war in Croatia by providing for peaceful reintegration of Serb-held Eastern Slavonia into Croatia. From 2000 to 2001, Galbraith was Director for Political, Constitutional, and Electoral Affairs at the U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). He also served as a Cabinet Member for Political Affairs and the Timor Sea in the First Transitional Government of East Timor.

Galbraith has authored numerous books, including The End of Iraq (2006). He is the author of published Foreign Relations Committee reports on ethnic cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Iran-Iraq War, the Iraqi Kurds, nuclear proliferation in South Asia, and the Cambodian famine.

Galbraith holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.A. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University.

Reading Recommendations from Peter Galbraith:

Peter W. Galbraith, The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End, Simon and Schuster, 2006    

Peter W. Galbraith, "House of Kurds," Politico Magazine, June 17, 2014

Peter W. Galbraith, "A Dilemma for Syria's Minorities," Los Angeles Times,  September 8, 2013   

For an opposing view, Galbraith recommends the following article by Michael O'Hanlon:

Michael O'Hanlon, "Beyond Air Strikes," Foreign Affairs, September 12, 2014