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Task Force for a Responsible Withdrawal from Iraq

Quickly, Carefully, and Generously: The Necessary Steps for a Responsible Withdrawal from Iraq

Report of the Task Force for a Responsible Withdrawal from Iraq, June 2008. Commonwealth Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The Task Force

Organizing Committee

Shelagh Foreman (shelagh(at)masspeaceaction.org) -- Massachusetts Peace Action
Charles Knight (cknight(at)comw.org) -- Project on Defense Alternatives
John Maher (john(at)n2nma.org)
Chris Toensing (ctoensing(at)merip.org) -- Middle East Research and Information Project

Workshop Coordinator

Jessica von Felbert -- Project on Defense Alternatives

Workshop Host

Steven Bloomfield -- Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Rapporteur and Publicist

Kate Cell -- Kate Cell Consulting

Advisory Group / Workshop Participants *

Nadje Al-Ali -- School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Henri Barkey -- Lehigh University
Kayhan Barzegar -- Harvard University
Carl Conetta -- Project on Defense Alternatives
Eric Davis -- Rutgers University
Bill Frelick -- Human Rights Watch
F. Gregory Gause -- University of Vermont
Raed Jarrar -- American Friends Service Committee
Brian Katulis -- Center for American Progress
Joshua Landis -- University of Oklahoma
Marc Lynch -- George Washington University
Nir Rosen -- Center on Law and Security, New York University
Trita Parsi -- National Iranian American Council
David Patel -- Cornell University

Workshop Participants from Congress *

James P. McGovern -- US House of Representatives (D-MA)
Caleb Rossiter -- Counselor to William Delahunt, US House of Representatives (D-MA)
John Tierney -- US House of Representatives (D-MA)

Liaison to the office of Representative James P. McGovern

Cindy Buhl -- Legislative Director

* This report reflects the judgments and recommendations of the organizing committee, who are the authors. It does not necessarily represent the views of members of the advisory group or the views of workshop participants from Congress, whose involvement in no way should be interpreted as an endorsement of the report by either themselves or the organizations with which they are affiliated.

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Excerpts from the Introduction and the Preface of the Report

In March 2008, the Task Force for a Responsible Withdrawal from Iraq convened 14 experts on Iraq and the region at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University to answer this charge:

The President has announced that a complete military withdrawal from Iraq will take place over the next 12-18 months. What concrete policy steps can the US government take, immediately and during the withdrawal, to encourage peace and stability in Iraq?

In the course of the March workshop, and in prior and subsequent consultations and literature reviews, we compiled a set of initiatives for meeting US and international responsibilities to Iraq, beginning with an early and expeditious removal of US military forces and bases and their associated private contractors from the country.

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Statement issued by Helena Cobban, Shelagh Foreman, Charles Knight, John Maher and Chris Toensing, on August 15, 2008.

Project on Defense Alternatives Resources on Iraq

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