ICAR Lecturer Presents a Different Insight on Iraq

Posted: May 6, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

George Oliver, who served in Iraq as the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) deputy coordinator for humanitarian assistance, will give the final brown bag lecture of the semester at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) today at noon. He will discuss “Winning the Peace in Iraq—the Initial Period,” based on his experiences as part of the team working to rebuild Iraq.

A first-year PhD student at ICAR and a colonel in the U.S. Army, Oliver served as part of the Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance team, beginning in March 2003, and stayed to work with the newly formed CPA until the end of July. He helped with emergency humanitarian issues, refugees, human rights, food and water distribution, de-mining, and more.

In his talk, Oliver plans to focus on the glass as half full rather than half empty. “A whole lot was going on that no one talks about,” he says.

An infantry officer by trade and veteran of the Gulf War in 1990-91, Oliver’s involvement in peacekeeping began in 1995 when he was doing research on peace at the U.S. Army War College. He became military advisor to the U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations from 1996-99, and director of the U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute in Carlisle, Penn., until his assignment to Iraq. Since his return, he has been writing a book about the Army’s experience in peacekeeping. He also serves as senior historian at the Center of Military History at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.

Oliver’s presentation will be in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, 4260 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-993-1300.

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