Speeches | 09 April 2013

Iraq 2003: a retrospective

On 9 April 2013 former Prime Minister the Hon John Howard OM AC gave a lecture to the Lowy Institute on the 10th anniversary of the war in Iraq.

  • John Howard

On 9 April 2013 former Prime Minister the Hon John Howard OM AC gave a lecture to the Lowy Institute on the 10th anniversary of the war in Iraq.

  • John Howard
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Key Findings

  • Australia's decision to join the Coalition in Iraq was a product both of the belief at the time that iraq had WMDs, and the nature of the relationship and alliance with the United States
  • Intelligence assessments never produce estimates beyond reasonable doubt. Almost always, the art of intelligence assessment involves assembling a mosaic from varying, incomplete, and sometimes contradictory sources.
  • Unlike most of its region, Iraq's polity has not been roiled by the Arab Spring. That must surely have something to do with the democratic framework which has been established there in recent years. The removal of Saddam's regime provided the Iraqi people with opportunities for freedom not otherwise in prospect.