Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center For Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"One of the critical uncertainties surrounding the Iraq War is still how optional the war really was, and whether containment and disarmament could have dealt with Saddam Hussein. The threat Iraq posed under Saddam Hussein does not seem to have been imminent, but it is not yet clear from the discoveries to date how much Iraq’s success in retaining weapons of mass destruction made that threat so proximate that the US and Britain had to attack...
Ultimately, the United States must have the world’s trust to underpin its structure of alliances and to reduce the risk its actions will create a network of opposing military, political, and economic alliances. Trust is not earned by new ways of war, it is earned by justice and restraint."
"The Lessons of the Iraq War: Issues Relating to Grand Strategy," CSIS, July 3, 2003
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center For Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
National Security Analyst, ABC News
Former Director, CSIS Gulf Net Assessment Project
Former Director, CSIS Gulf in Transition Study
Former Principle Investigator, CSIS Homeland Defense Project
Former Director, CSIS Middle East Net Assessment Project
Co-Director, CSIS Strategic Energy Initiative
Former National Security Assistant, Senator John McCain, Senate Armed Services Committee
Former Director of Intelligence Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Former Civilian Assistant, Deputy Secretary of Defense
Former Director of Policy and Planning for Resource Applications, Department of Energy
Former Adjunct Professor, National Security Studies, Georgetown University
Former International Editor, Armed Forces Journal
Former U.S. Editor, Armed Forces UK
Directed the analysis of the lessons of the October War for the Secretary of Defense, 1974
Two time Wilson Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Smithsonian
Recipient, Department of Defense Distinguished Service medal
[Editor's Note: ProCon.org contacted Mr. Cordesman's CSIS office on May 11, 2007 requesting information on his educational background. We were told that Mr. Cordesman's website page provides all of his publicly available information. There is no educational background on Mr. Cordesman's CSIS profile.]