Anne-Marie Slaughter on Iraq
Anne-Marie Slaughter, is the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. She is presently on leave, serving as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State. She was Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University from 2002-2009.
Slaughter came to the Wilson School from Harvard Law School where she was the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law and Director of the International Legal Studies Program. She is also the former President of the American Society of International Law, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has served on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Drawing from this rich interdisciplinary expertise, Slaughter has written and taught broadly on global governance, international criminal law, and American foreign policy. Her most recent book is The Idea that Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World, published in 2007 by Basic Books. She is also the author of A New World Order, in which she identified transnational networks of government officials as an increasingly important component of global governance. Slaughter has been a frequent commentator on foreign affairs in newspapers, radio, and television. She was also the convener and academic co-chair of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States, and was a member of the National War Powers Commission.
Slaughter: Obama starts by sitting down with General Petraeus and the other military commanders and hearing from them directly, not from the press, not from the Bush administration, but from the people on the ground, and also the Iraqis. He’s got to sit down and hear from [Malakhi] and other leaders in Iraq what would make the most sense. He had said he wants to withdraw absolutely, but he wants to withdraw responsibly. He’s line was, “We have to be as careful, you know, getting out as we were careless getting in.” So, I don’t think he can say anything until he’s actually had those conversations and figure out how both to withdraw but withdraw in a way that maximizes the stability of the country and that it ensures we’re not going to leave and have absolute chaos follow or worse, a worse regional conflagration. The other thing he’s got to do is make the tour of the region, talk to the Southeast, talk to the Turks, talk to the Jordanians, to the people in the Gulf States, but actually also talk to the EU and I think as far as Pakistan and India and talk about how we stabilize the entire region. So, everyone has a stake in making sure that Iraq doesn’t fall apart as we withdraw, but everyone also has a stake in ensuring that there is some prospect of greater economic development and political development for the whole region.
Anne-Marie Slaughter talks about the future of the Iraq war.
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