Ellen Laipson on The United States and the Emerging Iraqi Reality

Ellen Laipson on The United States and the Emerging Iraqi Reality

Q&A with Ellen Laipson

Could you explain why the forstering of a special relationship between Iraq and the US would be detrimental to US interests in the long-term?

Ellen Laipson, president and CEO of the Stimson Center and Ambassador Edward W. Gnehm, Jr. professor for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs, at the Elliott School of International Affairs, joined us for a discussion on the emerging situation in Iraq. In a new report from the Century Foundation, Laipson argues that it is time to recalibrate America's equities and engagement there. The administration is set on the current policy, and hopes that the current positive trends can be turned into more permanent conditions. But the American people also need to be thinking more boldly about a new horizon: Where do we want US Iraq relations to be in five years? Can the US and Iraq enjoy a friendly relationship without such a deep commitment of American forces and resources? Where does Iraq fit in America's strategic interests and agenda?