Iraq foreign policy gets airing on Delaware campus
Published: February 19, 2007
iraqA senior U.S. diplomat on Iraqi foreign affairs visited the Delaware campus recently to talk about America's new plans for success there and answer questions from the law school community.

Barbara Stephenson, deputy senior advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and deputy coordinator for Iraq, spoke to about 100 people for more than an hour on Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom. Her visit was presented by the law school and its International Law Society in conjunction with the Delaware chapter of People to People International.

"The situation in Iraq is unacceptable," Stephenson said, later explaining America's goals for the country are to see Iraq become a "stable, resilient, unified ally in the global war on terror."

Among the items in America's new five-point plan for success in Iraq, she iraq2said, is an insistence that Iraq take the lead on its own progress, with U.S. support. "They need to want this more than we do," she said. The United States also must engage in a reinvigorated diplomacy with Iraq's neighbors. Both goals drew respectful, yet critical questions from the audience, including a student who suggested the United States is only interested in talking with Iraqi neighbors who see eye-to-eye with us.

Stephenson also touched on the state department in general in her remarks, explaining how the agency is understaffed and funded at levels that pale in comparison to the Department of Defense. The state department "is a bunch of idealistic people who think everyday about what is in the best interest of the United States," she said.

Captions:
Photo 1: Barbara Stephenson, deputy senior advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and deputy coordinator for Iraq spoke in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom.
Photo 2: From left, Widener Law Professor J. Patrick Kelly; Barbara Stephenson, deputy senior advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and deputy coordinator for Iraq; Carl Hutter of Intracon International Trade Consultants Inc. and Edward L. Tucker, president of the Delaware chapter of People to People International.