Speeches | 29 November 2006

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Owen Harries presentation

On 29 November 2006 at a special Wednesday Lunch at Lowy at 31 Bligh Street, the noted commentator Owen Harries spoke on the topic '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 asked what its consequences are likely to be and what lessons it might turn out to hold: for the United States, who initiated it all; for Australia, who has given its ally undeviating support; for Iraq and the region; and for the international system as a whole.Owen Harries

  • Owen Harries

On 29 November 2006 at a special Wednesday Lunch at Lowy at 31 Bligh Street, the noted commentator Owen Harries spoke on the topic '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 asked what its consequences are likely to be and what lessons it might turn out to hold: for the United States, who initiated it all; for Australia, who has given its ally undeviating support; for Iraq and the region; and for the international system as a whole.Owen Harries

  • Owen Harries