Insight with Jonathan Steele – Why they lost Iraq

Talk Thursday 7th February, 2008

Senior foreign correspondent and in-house columnist on international affairs for the Guardian, Jonathan Steele argues that the Coalition was not defeated in Iraq because of inadequate planning but for much more deep-rooted reasons.

Educated in Cambridge and Yale, Steele has reported for the Guardian since 1965. He was the only English-language reporter to reach Mikhail Gorbachev’s prison dacha during the August 1991 coup and the subsequent interview he made with the Soviet president won him the London Press Club’s Scoop of the Year award.

In his present role he travels frequently to the Middle East and has contributed to the Guardian’s coverage of Iraq since the start of the war.

Steele has won numerous prizes for his foreign news reporting, including the James Cameron and Martha Gellhorn awards. He has twice been named International Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards. A frequent broadcaster on the BBC, Steele is the author of a number of books, including most recently Defeat: Why They Lost Iraq.

Moderaded by Elizabeth Palmer – CBS News Correspondent.