| 30 November 2006

After Iraq

In this new Perspective, Owen Harries, one of Australia's leading commentators and a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute, writes on US and Australian foreign policy 'After Iraq'.In the last three and a half years, 'Iraq' has come to stand for many things beyond a geographical location and a state: a political and moral commitment; the first testing of a new and hugely ambitious strategic doctrine; a bloody, many-sided conflict involving terrible atrocities; examples of hubris and incompetence; a bitter debate and some startling second thoughts. Now, as it appears increasingly as if the whole episode may be approaching its end, Owen Harries discusses its consequences and the lessons it might turn out to hold: for the United States, who initiated it all; for Australia, who has given its ally undeviating support; and for the international system as a whole.This Perspective is adapted from a speech Mr Harries gave at the Lowy Institute on 29 November.Owen Harries

  • Owen Harries

In this new Perspective, Owen Harries, one of Australia's leading commentators and a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute, writes on US and Australian foreign policy 'After Iraq'.In the last three and a half years, 'Iraq' has come to stand for many things beyond a geographical location and a state: a political and moral commitment; the first testing of a new and hugely ambitious strategic doctrine; a bloody, many-sided conflict involving terrible atrocities; examples of hubris and incompetence; a bitter debate and some startling second thoughts. Now, as it appears increasingly as if the whole episode may be approaching its end, Owen Harries discusses its consequences and the lessons it might turn out to hold: for the United States, who initiated it all; for Australia, who has given its ally undeviating support; and for the international system as a whole.This Perspective is adapted from a speech Mr Harries gave at the Lowy Institute on 29 November.Owen Harries

  • Owen Harries