Charles Ferguson joins the Council to discuss his Oscar-nominated documentary film and new book No End in Sight: Iraq's Descent into Chaos.
Culled from over two hundred hours of footage collected for the film - as well as additional interviews in response to it - his book provides an investigative record of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003.
Confronting such issues as troop levels, the looting of Baghdad, the US military's "surge," and purging professionals from the Iraqi government, Ferguson's book features candid interviews with high-ranking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and General Jay Garner, as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers, intelligence officers, and prominent analysts, such as George Packer, Samantha Power, and Christopher Hitchens- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Charles H. Ferguson
Charles Ferguson is director and producer of No End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq, which is his first film. Ferguson co-founded one of the earliest Internet software companies, Vermeer Technologies, which was sold to Microsoft.
Ferguson has been a visiting scholar at MIT and UC Berkeley, and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a director of the French-American Foundation.
He is the author of three books on information technology and its impact on society. He holds a BA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT.
Charles Ferguson, filmmaker and author of No End in Sight, discusses the nearly 9 billion dollars in cash of the Iraqi reconstruction fund that went unaccounted for and the lack of financial controls by L. Paul Bremer.
Charles Ferguson, filmmaker and author of No End in Sight, discusses the appointment and the decisions made by Paul Bremer while in Iraq, including instituting a long-term U.S. occupation, the De-baathification of the Iraqi civil service, and the disbanding of the Iraqi military.