YPFP Events

Learning from Iraq: The good, the bad, and the complicated

August 20, 2013 06:30 pm


1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Room BOB500
20036 Washington, DC
United States

Nine years, $60 billion, 220 audits, and 170 inspections. Making sense of these numbers and the experiences of those who were involved is "Learning from Iraq," the final report from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Using 44 interviews with Iraqi leadership, U.S. senior leaders, and congress, the report is an authoritative resource on stabilization and reconstruction operations, past and future. More than that, it is an extensive and invaluable case study on the kind of complex and intractable problems that young professionals in foreign policy will face as they become leaders of the future.

Join Stuart Bowen and YPFP as he shares insights from nine years of work and 34 trips to Iraq, including how future stabilization and reconstruction operations could be improved by establishing a U.S. Office of Contingency Operations. Copies of the report, "Learning From Iraq," will be available.

Follow the event with @YPFP at #YPFPBowen.

Stuart W. Bowen, Jr. was appointed Inspector General for the Coalition Provisional Authority in January 2004, and, since October 2004, he has served as the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. As the “taxpayer’s watchdog” in Iraq, Mr. Bowen oversees more than $60 billion in U.S. funds.

Over the past 9 years, Mr. Bowen has made 34 trips to Iraq, managed the production of 390 audits and inspections, issued 9 comprehensive lessons learned reports, and provided 35 quarterly reports on Iraq reconstruction to the Congress. His oversight work has produced financial benefits to the U.S. Government in excess of $1.8 billion and has yielded 84 convictions for fraud and other crimes. In 2006, the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency awarded Inspector General Bowen the Gaston L. Gianni, Jr. Better Government Award for “demonstrating integrity, determination, and courage” in providing independent oversight and unbiased review of U. S. reconstruction efforts in Iraq. And in May 2010, the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum presented him with its David M. Walker Excellence in Federal Government Performance and Accountability Award for outstanding oversight work.

Inspector General Bowen’s public service career includes service to President George W. Bush as Deputy Assistant to the President/Deputy Staff Secretary, and Special Assistant to the President/Associate Counsel. Mr. Bowen also served Governor Bush in Texas as Deputy General Counsel. Prior to that, Mr. Bowen was an Assistant Attorney General of Texas and a Briefing Attorney to Texas Supreme Court Justice Raul Gonzalez. Mr. Bowen is a military veteran, having served four years on active duty as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, earning the rank of Captain and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Licensed by the Texas State Bar, Mr. Bowen is Board Certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, lower federal courts, and all Texas state courts. He holds a B.A. from the University of the South and a J.D. from St. Mary's Law School, where he served on the Law Journal’s Editorial Board


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