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December 2, 2009: News, Research & Events from the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
The Honorable John D. Negroponte, former ambassador to Iraq; The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, former ambassador to Israel and to Syria; The Honorable Ronald E. Neumann, president of the American Academy of Diplomacy and former ambassador to Afghanistan; and The Honorable Ryan C. Crocker, former ambassador to Iraq.

A Diplomat-Level Review of the War in Iraq

Six years after the start of the Iraq war, America’s involvement is far from over, according to a recent Baker Institute panel discussion on “Diplomacy in Iraq.” “This is still chapter one,” The Honorable Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009, said. “We probably have 37 chapters ahead of us.”

The audience also heard from John Negroponte, former ambassador to Iraq, and Ronald Neumann, president of the American Academy of Diplomacy and former ambassador to Afghanistan.  Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian, a former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Israel, introduced the panel.

The diplomats stressed the many ongoing challenges facing the United States in Iraq, including stabilizing Iraq as a unified state at peace with itself and its neighbors and addressing Iraq's political, sectarian and tribal differences through democratic means.

Visit the Baker Institute blog post on the event to learn more.

View a webcast of the event.

Institute Names New Associate Director of Development

Christene Kimmel is the Baker Institute's new associate director of development. She previously worked at California State University, Bakersfield, as the director of Development-Athletics. If her name sounds familiar, that's because Kimmel was an assistant development director for Rice Athletics from 2004 to 2006. Contact her at 713-348-2136 or with any questions about the Roundtable or other giving opportunities.

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