The Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative invites you to a virtual discussion on May 1st from 9:00 to 10:00 am ET, featuring distinguished guest speaker General David H. Petraeus (US Army, Ret.) in a moderated conversation marking the anniversary of the historically significant “Mission Accomplished” speech, delivered by former US President George W. Bush aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in the aftermath of the 2003 events.

The speech declared an end to major combat operations in the country and represented a decisive milestone in the conflict. Twenty years on, this discussion will aim at examining the significance of the speech and the events that followed, assessing what has been achieved in Iraq over the past two decades and what still needs to be accomplished in the years to come.

This conversation will take place virtually and broadcast via Zoom, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Register below to join us online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to attend. The event is open to members of the press and will be on the record.


General David Petraeus (US Army, Ret.)
KKR Global Institute


Abbas Kadhim
Director, Iraq Initiative
Atlantic Council

The Iraq Initiative provides transatlantic and regional policy makers with unique perspectives and analysis on the ongoing challenges and opportunities facing Iraq as the country tries to build an inclusive political system, attract economic investment, and encourage a vibrant civil society.