The U.S. Institute of Peace cordially invites you to a public event on:

Withdrawing from Iraq: Schedules, Risks and Mitigating Strategies
Thursday, August 6, 2009
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Since the signing of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) last year, which committed the U.S. to an unconditional withdrawal of U.S. on a three-year timeline, the withdrawal issue has receded from the American public debate about Iraq. President Obama has set his own timeline that fits comfortably within the SOFA. How much and how fast the U.S. leaves Iraq will nonetheless have a critical effect on U.S. strategic interests in the region. Some Iraqi leaders have publicly stated their openness to a post-2011 presence.

RAND researchers recently completed an independent study to examine drawdown schedules, risks, and mitigating strategies. The report, "Withdrawing from Iraq: Alternative Schedules, Associated Risks, and Mitigating Strategies," presents three alternative drawdown schedules -- one consistent with the Obama administration's stated intentions, one slower, and another faster.

The report will be presented by RAND Senior Fellow James Dobbins and discussed by experts Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Michael Gordon, Jennings Randolph Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and chief military correspondent of The New York Times. Daniel Serwer, Vice President of the Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations, will moderate.
This event will take place in the Second Floor Conference Room of the United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036.

(I'll post the link when they have it on their website)