Rebuilding Iraq Starts at the Local Level, Panelists Say

With pressure from Congress to begin pulling troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan and the president’s desire to stay in the Middle East to “win” the war, Americans are divided on how to proceed in the ongoing conflicts in the region. A panel discussion at the Law School May 31 delved into issues related to occupation and post-conflict legal regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan and how to stabilize and rebuild the region. The panel was part of the three-day seminar, “Applying International Human Rights Law to Today’s Conflicts,” which drew participants from human rights organizations, military and government entities, and the media. The event was sponsored by the Human Rights Program, the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.