Brookings Event Announcement: Plan B: A Containment Strategy for Iraq in Civil War
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With each passing day, Iraq sinks deeper into the abyss of civil war. The President has staked everything on one last-chance effort to quell the fighting and jumpstart a process of political reconciliation and economic reconstruction. Should this last effort fail, the United States is likely to very quickly have to determine how best to handle an Iraq that will be erupting into a Bosnia- or Lebanon-like all-out civil war. The history of such wars is that they are disastrous for all parties, but the United States will have little choice but to try to stave off disaster as best it can. To help start to provide a solution to that dilemma, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution will unveil a new report, "Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover from an Iraqi Civil War," by Daniel L. Byman and Kenneth M. Pollack. This policy paper examines the history of some dozen recent civil wars to reveal the general patterns by which such conflicts can "spill over" into neighboring states, causing further civil wars or regional conflicts. From this history, the authors propose a set of policy options that the United States could employ to try to contain the "spill over" effects of a full-scale Iraqi civil war. After the program, panelists will take audience questions. Monday, January 29, 2007 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. The Brookings Institution Falk Auditorium 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC Moderator: Martin Indyk Senior Fellow and Director Saban Center for Middle East Policy Authors: Daniel L. Byman Nonresident Senior Fellow Saban Center for Middle East Policy Kenneth M. Pollack Senior Fellow and Director of Research Saban Center for Middle East Policy RSVP: Please call the Brookings Office of Communications, +1-202-797-6105 or register online at http://onlinepressroom.net/brookings/
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