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Election campaign posters are seen along a street in Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday, March. 1, 2010. Iraq's national election is set for March 7. (AP)
Election campaign posters are seen along a street in Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday, March. 1, 2010. Iraq's national election is set for March 7. (AP)

Guests:

From Baghdad we're joined by Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq since April 2009. Prior to his posting in Baghdad, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Also from Baghdad, we're joined by Anthony Shadid, Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for The New York Times and its At War blog. He's reported recently on the election run-up in Nasiriya. His essay "The Long, Long Shadow of Early Missteps in Iraq" appeared on Feb. 19.

And from Cambridge, MA we're joined by Ali A. Allawi, former Iraqi Minister of Trade (2003-2004), Defense (2004-2005), and Finance (2005-2006).  He's author of "The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace" and "The Crisis of Islamic Civilization."

This program aired on March 4, 2010.

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