Miller Center

State-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan: Lessons from the American Experience

The 2013 Ambassador William C. Battle Symposium on American Diplomacy

A roundtable of eminent scholars and distinguished public officials will explore the lessons American policy-makers, national security officials, diplomats and public opinion leaders have drawn -- and should draw -- from the United States’ decade-long experience of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. What can we learn from the American effort at state-building? Where did we succeed? Where did we fail? And what do we now know about the strengths and the limitations of our state-building capabilities? 

 

 

November 11, 2013
1:30 PM




Stuart W. Bowen, Seth Center, James Savage, Ryan Crocker

Lessons Learned: State-Building in Iraq

Moderator RYAN C. CROCKER is the 2013 James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center. He holds the diplomatic rank of career ambassador, the U.S. Foreign Service’s highest rank. Crocker served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012 and U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009. He previously served as U.S. ambassador to Pakistan from 2004 to 2007; to Syria from 1998 to 2001; to Kuwait from 1994 to 1997; and to Lebanon from 1990 to 1993. 

STUART W. BOWEN, JR. is an American lawyer who served as the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), a position he held from October 2004 to 2013. He previously served as the Inspector General for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA-IG), a position to which he was appointed in January 2004. Bowen's mission included ensuring effective oversight of the more than $60 billion appropriated for Iraq's relief and reconstruction.

SETH CENTER is a historian at the U.S. Department of State. He is producing a history of the Department’s role in the Iraq War, focusing on the role of diplomacy and diplomats in Iraq from 2003-2012.  He is a former Miller Center Fellow.

JAMES SAVAGE is a professor of politics at the University of Virginia.  His latest book isReconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions:  Coalition State Building after Saddam (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Coming soon: Forum audio & video

November 11, 2013
3:15 PM




Robin Lynn Raphel, Elizabeth Field, Ryan Crocker, Hilda Arellano

Lessons Learned: State-Building in Afghanistan

Moderator RYAN C. CROCKER is the 2013 James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center. He holds the diplomatic rank of career ambassador, the U.S. Foreign Service’s highest rank. Crocker served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012 and U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009. He previously served as U.S. ambassador to Pakistan from 2004 to 2007; to Syria from 1998 to 2001; to Kuwait from 1994 to 1997; and to Lebanon from 1990 to 1993. 

ELIZABETH FIELD is Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Inspections at the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. She leads the agency's multidisciplinary team of auditors, program analysts and inspectors deployed in Kabul, Afghanistan, and at SIGAR headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Field is responsible for ensuring that SIGAR issues high-quality and timely reports to aid Congress in its oversight of U.S.-funded Afghanistan reconstruction programs, and to support agencies charged with implementing these programs. She previously worked in the International Affairs and Trade Team at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and also served as a Jacob K. Javits fellow on the Public Health Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 

ROBIN LYNN RAPHEL is a career diplomat who is currently the coordinator for non-military assistance to Pakistan with the rank of ambassador. She was appointed by President Clinton as first Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia.

HILDA ARELLANO is Senior Development Advisor at the State Department Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C. In this role she serves as professor of development studies for the senior executive officers of both USAID and State Department. With rank of Career Minister, Professor Arellano served as the USAID Director in Iraq with Ambassador Crocker, and more recently as the Ambassador for the Coordination Directorate for Development and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. She brings over 30 years of experience in development around the world, including many conflict countries, such as Egypt, and of course, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

 

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