Former Ambassador to Croatia, Peter Galbraith, discusses Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America’s Enemies

July 27, 2010

Contact: Beth Slater
Program Coordinator
The Aspen Institute
Tel. 970-544-7914 

Former Ambassador to Croatia, Peter Galbraith, discusses  
Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America’s Enemies
Presented by the McCloskey Speakers Series

Aspen, CO, July 27, 2010––The 2010 Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series is pleased to host Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith, author of Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America’s Enemies. The event will take place from 6:30-7:30 PM on Tuesday, August, 3 2010 at the Paepcke Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. The series is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. Tickets are $15 each and are on sale on through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House. As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the event, and unclaimed tickets will be on sale at the door.

Galbraith was chosen to be the United Nations’ Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan in March 2009. However, Galbraith abruptly left the country in mid September 2009 at the request of UN Special Representative to Afghanistan Kai Eide following a dispute over the handling of the reported fraud in the 2009 Afghan presidential election. Formerly the Ambassador to Croatia, Galbraith wrote Unintended Consequences: How war in Iraq Strengthened America’s Enemies, released in 2008.
Galbraith has served as the Director for Political, Constitutional and Electoral Affairs for the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) and as a Cabinet Member in the First Transitional Government of East Timor. He was involved in outlining East Timor’s first interim government and its permanent constitution. 

Ambassador Galbraith has visited Iraq numerous times and is an expert on Iraqi affairs. He unveiled Saddam Hussein’s “al-anfal” campaign to attack the Kurds in Iraq and found captured Iraqi secret police documents, which outlined the cruelties committed against the Kurdish people.

Tickets to this event can be purchased online at or by calling Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House at 970-920-5770. For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please contact Beth Slater at 970-544-7914 or, call the information line at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at

The final speaker to be featured in the McCloskey Speaker Series is:
August 10 – Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in conversation with Walter Isaacson
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Greenwald Pavilion, Tickets on sale July 27.

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