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The curriculum A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq provides an overview of Iraqi history and draws students into the public debate on the U.S. decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Students assess the war's impact in the United States, Iraq, and beyond, and consider its implications for the public's role in future foreign policy decisions.

Videos for Lessons: The videos below accompany lessons in the teacher's guide of the printed curriculum unit.

Videos for Readings follow the outline of the printed curriculum unit.

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A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq

Senator Jack Reed (D–RI)
Senator Jack Reed
U.S. Senate

Les Roberts
Les Roberts
Columbia University


Charles Tripp
University of London


Catherine Lutz
Brown University

Day One: The Geography of Iraq

These videos can be used to supplement the Day 1 lesson plan in A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq. The printed lesson introduces students to Iraqi geography. To further student thinking and stimulate discussion, you may wish to show your students these videos.

How was Great Britain involved in the creation of Iraq? [Charles Tripp – 2:37]

How has oil affected the history of Iraq? [Charles Tripp – 2:05]

Who lives in Iraq and how have ethnic and religious differences shaped Iraqi history? [Charles Tripp – 2:36]

Day One Alternative: Life in Iraq—1932

These videos can be used to supplement the Day 1 Alternative lesson plan in A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq. The printed lesson challenges students to analyze photographs of Iraq in 1932 and formulate ideas about Iraqi life and society during this time period. You may wish to show your students the following videos to review this period of Iraq's history.

How was Great Britain involved in the creation of Iraq? [Charles Tripp – 2:37]

What was the legacy of British imperialism in Iraq? [Charles Tripp – 1:58]

Day Two: The Media and the Iraq War

These videos can be used to supplement the Day 2 lesson plan in A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq. The printed lesson asks students to examine the media's coverage of Colin Powell's speech before the United Nations. The following video will help students think about the role of the media in 2003.

Did the U.S. media accurately portray the situation in Iraq leading up to the 2003 invasion? [Charles Tripp – 1:26]

Day Five: Reflecting on the War

These videos can be used to supplement the Day 5 lesson plan in A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq. The printed lesson helps students explore the effects of the war and consider how the lessons of Iraq should influence current and future U.S. policy. These videos are necessary to complete this activity.

What have you observed during your visits to Iraq? [Senator Jack Reed – 3:59]

What were the findings of your studies in Iraq? [Les Roberts – 2:23]

To what extent has the 2003 invasion created opportunities for political change in Iraq? [Charles Tripp – 3:01]

What are the biggest challenges that Iraq War veterans face upon returning to the United States? [Senator Jack Reed – 1:29]

What have been the largest costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? [Catherine Lutz - 3:15]

Why is it important for high school students to understand the costs of the United States' wars? [Catherine Lutz - 1:59]

Why should high school students care about the decision to invade Iraq in 2003? [Senator Jack Reed – 2:17]

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