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Karen L. Dawisha, PhD Biography
||Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Political Science at Miami University, Ohio
||Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"Thus far, most of the endless talk about the war in Iraq has focused on several issues: the scale of the operation, Washington's motivation, and the rift in the Atlantic alliance...
In the aftermath of the war, the occupiers will focus on immediate tasks, such as ensuring order, providing relief to the long-suffering Iraqi people, and asserting control over the country. Very quickly, however -- even before they have met these goals -- the victorious powers will have to answer another pressing question: How, exactly, should they go about rebuilding the country? Saying simply that postwar Iraq should be democratic will be the easy part. Just about everyone agrees on that, and indeed, for many this end will justify the entire operation. The more difficult question will be how to make it happen."
Cowritten with Adeed Dawisha, "How to Build a Democratic Iraq," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2003
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Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the US - Iraq conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the US - Iraq conflict.
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||Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Political Science, Miami University, Ohio, 2000-present
Director, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University, Ohio
Professor, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park, 1985-2000
Member, Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, US Department of State, 1987
Member, Policy Planning Staff, US Department of State, 1986
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Princeton University, 1984-1985
Guest Scholar, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, 1983-1984
Fellow, Center for International Studies, London School of Economics, 1982-1983
Academic Visitor, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics, 1977-1978
Visiting Professor, Department of Politics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 1977
Department of Politics, University of Southampton, England (tenured after 1976), 1973-1985
||PhD, Economics, London School of Economics, 1975
BA, with Honors, Politics and Russian, University of Lancaster, England, 1971