Iraq and Afghanistan - two very different countries and two very different theatres in which our militaries are conducting stability operations and counter-insurgency.
As unique as each situation is, are there any commonalities between the two? Are there any lessons learned that can be applied to the other?
In the next Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, non-resident fellow Lydia Khalil will share her recent experiences traveling and working in each conflict zone and discuss how commonalities can be applied to successful stability operations in both Iraq, Afghanistan, and any other potential conflict zone- Lowy Institute For International Policy
Lydia Khalil is a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute's West Asia Program. She is also a visiting fellow and lecturer at Macquarie University's Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism.
Formerly she served as a political advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq where she worked closely with Iraqi politicians on political negotiations and constitutional drafting.
Before her arrival in Australia, Lydia was a counterterrorism advisor to the New York Police Department. She has published extensively on issues relating to Middle East politics, terrorism and counterterrorism and is working on a forthcoming book on Iraq.
She was born in Cairo, Egypt and is a native Arabic speaker.