November 4, 2003

Toward Legitimacy: Strategic Institution Building

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Summary

This panel discussion delves into important questions facing Iraq's reconstruction. What are the preconditions for a stable civil society to exist? Is it possible to create a stable civil society from what has been an autocracy or a dictatorship, and be able to do that in such a way that it’s going to remain stable over time and not drip back into the unfortunate experiences of the past? How should the countries natural resources be harnessed to support the Iraqi people, rather than to simply be a prize for aspiring dictators?