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Can We Win In Iraq? The 7,000 Year Perspective

Date and time

January 31, 2005

About this event

Presented by Edwin Black, an award-winning New York Times and investigative journalist, and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his book, Banking on Baghdad: Inside Iraq's 7000-year History of War, Profit, and Conflict.

To write this book, Black led a team of 30 researchers in five countries, accessing more than 100 repositories and securing some 50,000 documents. Black was granted access to the corporate archives of numerous oil companies involved in Iraq and the Middle East. Tracing the involvement of Western governments and militaries, as well as oil, banking, and other corporate interests, Black pinpoints why today, just as throughout modern history, the world needs Iraq's resources and remains determined to acquire and protect them. The heart of Black’s lecture addressed this question: Can we succeed in Iraq?


Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202


Edwin Black