The Chilcot Inquiry: Learning Lessons from Iraq

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Exploring and assessing the findings of the Iraq Inquiry and what this means for UK defence and foreign policy making. 

This half-day conference assessed the outcome and implications of the Iraq Inquiry, the findings of which will be published a week earlier on 6 July 2016. In setting up the inquiry, the then prime minister Gordon Brown described it as ‘unprecedented’ in scope. It was established to consider the run-up to, the conduct and aftermath of the Iraq War.

RUSI experts reviewed the findings and explore the lessons learned for the armed forces and UK foreign and security policy making. Members can now watch the proceedings by clicking here 


I. Initial Assessments of Iraq Inquiry

Explore overall lessons learned from the Iraq Inquiry, the expectations met and missed, and discuss any further areas of research and study.

II. Run-up to the War
Discuss the decisions that led to the Iraq War and how the decision to go to war has changed since Iraq.

III. Post-War Strategy
Examine the issues around the stabilisation phase, and in particular on the UK role in the south.

IV. Post-War Operations
Examine the military, operational and tactical issues around both phases of the war, including logistics, tour lengths, learning at an operational level ( did the UK Army fail to learn as the US Army did, or is this unfair), the role of air and sea power, the roles of DFID and other government


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