The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War without End featuring the author, Peter W. Galbraith (Former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia and Senior Diplomatic Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation), with comments by Marina S. Ottaway (Director of Middle East Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) and Christopher A. Preble (Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute).
Author Peter W. Galbraith offers a stinging criticism of the Bush administration's abortive nation-building policies in Iraq. Galbraith argues that it would have been nearly impossible to ever develop Iraq into a unified, democratic nation, and it has only become less likely over the past three years. Rather than persist in this futile mission, the United States should instead advocate the transformation of the Iraqi state into three independent nations. From first-hand experience and a deep knowledge of Iraq, Galbraith brings forth new ideas on how to end the American occupation.
Ambassador Peter Galbraith
Amb. Peter W. Galbraith, one of America's leading authorities on Iraq, has been in Iraq many times over the last twenty-one years during historic turning points for the country: the Iraq-Iran War, the Kurdish genocide, the 1991 uprising, the immediate aftermath of the 2003 war, and the writing of Iraq's constitutions. In his new book, The End of Iraq, he offers many firsthand observations of the men who are now Iraq's leaders. He draws on his nearly two decades of involvement in Iraq policy working for the U.S. government to appraise what has occurred and what will happen. The End of Iraq describes America's failed strategy toward that country and what must be done now.
Marina Ottaway works on issues of political transformation in the Middle East and Gulf security. A long-time analyst of the formation and transformation of political systems, she has also written on political reconstruction in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, and African countries.
Before joining the Endowment, Ottaway carried out research in Africa and in the Middle East for many years and taught at the University of Addis Ababa, the University of Zambia, the American University in Cairo, and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Her extensive research experience is reflected in her publications, which include nine authored books and six edited ones. Her most recent publications include Getting to Pluralism, co-authored with Amr Hamzawy and Yemen on the Brink, co-edited with Christopher Boucek. She is also the author of Iraq: Elections 2010, an online guide to Iraqi politics.
Christopher A. Preble
Christopher Preble is the director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. Before joining Cato in February 2003, he taught history at St. Cloud State University and Temple University.
Preble was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of the Gulf War, having served onboard USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) from 1990 to 1993.
He is the author of John F. Kennedy and the Missile Gap, a book discussing the political and economic roots of national security strategy in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Preble's work has been published in major publications including USA Today, the Financial Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Orange County Register, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Washington Times, the New Republic, Reason, Political Science Quarterly, and the National Interest. He has also appeared on many television and radio news networks including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News Channel, NPR, Voice of America, and the BBC. Preble holds a Ph.D. in history from Temple University.