Command of American military forces in Iraq changed hands this week, with Gen. Ray Odierno taking the baton from Gen. David Petraeus in Baghdad. American forces are looking to build on hard-earned security gains achieved during the past year. We explore the military’s evolving strategic approach to Iraq, and how new insights and old wisdom have informed U.S. counter-insurgency efforts.


  • T. X. Hammes Colonel, United States Marine Corps (Ret.); author, "The Sling and the Stone: On Warfare in the 21st Century" (Zenith Press)
  • Linda Robinson Author-in-Residence, Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); author, "Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search For a Way Out of Iraq" (Public Affairs)

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