IPA’s Global Strategy Group (GSG) is a team of former officers from the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the FBI, and the private sector. They are a team of experts in foreign affairs, global security, interagency and intergovernmental cooperation. Emphasizing a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach, the GSG provides solutions by designing, planning and executing scenario-supported wargames and experiments addressing complex emerging security challenges.

The GSG has produced and delivered numerous reports and handbooks on best practices for civil-military, interagency, and host-country cooperation. The topics range from conflict prevention and mitigation to post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. The team has also provided extensive support to NATO in moving toward the implementation of the Alliance’s Strategic Concept.

Reporting on the recent violence in Iraq has been reasonably good, but incomplete and at times misleading. For example, the article below indicates Iraq’s political system that incorporated sectarian differences was molded by our intervention in 2003/4.  As head of the Coalition Provisional Authority’s strategic planning office, I know it was not our intention to compromise helping them establish a democracy by including any sectarian preferences. That was done by the Iraqi authorities who took charge of their new government. What we found in our assessments of the Iraqi population was a huge interest in and desire for a democratic system of government because of the suppression suffered under Saddam Hussein. Today’s violence, in my view, represents that initial desire continuing into the current demonstrations.

The article below reports the events occurring but not an analysis of the sentiment of the demonstrators, thus it is incomplete.  I look forward to any reporting that can determine how political thought has evolved among the Iraqis. It will be very helpful as we continue to learn our lessons from past interventions. 

Washington Post: "An uprising in Iraq is the broadest in decades. It’s posing an alarming threat to Baghdad and Tehran."


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