The liberation of Mosul from ISIS control is a major win for the Iraqi government, the United States, and the campaign to defeat the terrorist group – but a critically important question now looms: What comes next for U.S. policy toward a country divided and tattered from years of war?
How can the U.S. ensure that military victory against ISIS doesn't turn into political defeat in Iraq? How can Washington help sow the seeds of security, reconstruction, and political reconciliation, while guarding against intervention by external powers that could threaten those prospects? Indeed, is any of this possible?
The Wilson Center is hosting a teleconference with four former U.S. policy advisers with broad experience in Iraq and the Middle East address these and related questions.