April 9 was the 15 year anniversary of the fall of Baghdad during the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Below are links to interviews that Musings On Iraq did about the invasion and its immediate aftermath.
Col. Ted Spain was the commander of the 18th Military Police Brigade which took part in the invasion. He was then assigned to Baghdad to secure the city and to rebuild the Iraqi police.
Jerry Burke was hired in 2003 to do an assessment of the Iraqi police and later became a senior adviser to the Baghdad police and then the Interior Ministry.
Keith Mines was a State Dept Foreign Service Officer who was the senior Coalition Provisional Authority officer in Anbar from 2003 to 2004.
Georgetown Prof Daniel Byman talked about the structural and institutional problems that limited the Bush administration’s decision making when planning the U.S. invasion and its aftermath.
National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad discussed how sectarianism came to be perceived and shaped after the 2003 invasion.
Univ of Miami Prof Adeed Dawisha talked about the ethnosectarian political system the U.S. created in the aftermath of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
Univ of London Prof Nadje Al-Ali was interviewed on the situation of Iraqi women before and invasion the 2003 invasion.
Nick Horne started off working with Iraqi refugees in Jordan who then got a job with the Coalition Provisional Authority working in Baghdad and then with the Electricity Ministry and Baghdad council.
Analyst Reda al-Kifaee talked about the role of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani after the invasion.
The Atlantic Council’s Harith al-Qarawee discussed nationalism and sectarianism in Iraq before and after 2003.
RAND’s James Dobbins was asked about the Bush administration’s postwar Iraq plans