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Galbraith to speak on errors in Iraq war, Oct. 10

Peter Galbraith, who served as ambassador to Croatia under President Clinton, will discuss his new book, "The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End," at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Galbraith, now a senior diplomatic fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Nuclear Nonproliferation, has held senior positions in the U.S. government and with the United Nations. In his new book, Galbraith describes what he terms strategic errors, miscalculations and "wishful thinking" by the Bush administration in the Iraq war.

From 1993 to 1998, Galbraith served as U.S. ambassador to Croatia, where he helped facilitate the flow of humanitarian assistance to Bosnia and was actively involved in the Croatia and Bosnia peace processes. He played an integral role in articulating and executing the strategic plan that ended the 1993-94 Muslim-Croat war.

Galbraith was a senior adviser to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with major responsibilities for the Near East and South Asia and international organizations. He wrote reports for the committee on ethnic cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Iran-Iraq war, the Iraqi Kurds, nuclear proliferation in South Asia and the Cambodian famine.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination. 

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