Peter Galbraith presents 'How does it all end? Syria, Iraq and Kurdistan' at Catz

Peter Galbraith presents 'How does it all end? Syria, Iraq and Kurdistan' at Catz

On the 25th of April 2017, St Catz was delighted to welcome back Peter Galbraith (1973, PPE) to give his lecture, 'How does it all end? Syria, Iraq and Kurdistan'.

Presenting to a full audience of students, alumni and the general public in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, Peter was able to give an overview of the complicated situation in Syria and Iraq and give his opinions on how the situation was progressing. Having already seen how Western European and American intervention failed to prevent the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Peter in particular argued that the break-up of Iraq to form an independent Kurdistan was inevitable and indeed, that the process had already begun.

Peter was appointed as the first United States Ambassador to Croatia by President Bill Clinton in 1993, where he was actively involved in the peace processes in Croatia and Bosnia. He has a wealth of professional experience in international relations, with particular expertise on Iraq and its Kurdish region. Peter travelled to Iraq during the Kurdish uprising, exposing Saddam Hussein’s atrocities and contributing to the decision to create a safe haven in the north of the country. From 2003 to 2005, he was an advisor to the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq. He is the author of two books: The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War without End (2006) and Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America’s Enemies (2008).

Peter deftly answered questions on a range of sensitive issues including the refugee crisis and the morals of Western intervention in the Middle East. This was Peter’s second time giving a lecture at the College and it was a delight to host him once more.