With the last American troops in Iraq exiting next year and security already improved, opportunities [...]for safe, scholarly research there may multiply, according to educators. The new BU Institute for Iraqi Studies hopes to create academic links to the troubled nation.
Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009 and a pivotal player in the war, gives the institute’s first lecture, “Iraq: The Next 10 Years.”
Crocker, a career diplomat before becoming dean and executive professor at Texas A&M’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service, worked closely with General David Petraeus on the 2007 troop surge that helped quell violence in Iraq. Referring to a speech in which President Obama declared troop withdrawals a commitment to “turn the page” on Iraq, Crocker says he’s “concerned Americans read that as not just turning a page, but closing the book on Iraq,” showering indifference on “a country of vital strategic importance to the region and the United States.”
Hosted by the BU Institute of Iraqi Studies on November 17, 2010.