Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2010 (Revised September 2010)

Paul Bremer at the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq

by Robert Steven Kaplan and Nicholas Henri Taranto


Since becoming the President's envoy responsible for post-war Iraq, Paul Bremer endured many sleepless nights, struggling with the decision of how to hand over sovereignty to the Iraqi people. Despite daily assassination attempts, tribal warfare, growing violence, and political pressure—at home in Washington, D.C. and abroad—the CPA undertook the difficult task of handing over power to an Iraqi civil society that was simultaneously being rebuilt from the ground up.

Keywords: Government Administration; International Relations; National Security; Leadership; Crisis Management; Iraq; District of Columbia;


Kaplan, Robert Steven, and Nicholas Henri Taranto. "Paul Bremer at the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq." Harvard Business School Case 411-010, August 2010. (Revised September 2010.)