The CCAS is delighted to invite you to a panel discussion exploring the future of Iraq post-ISIS.
The war against ISIS has resulted in the displacement of over three million people in Iraq. Although these refugees reside in deplorable conditions, many of them have refused to return to their homes, which may be under ISIS control, patrolled by the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) or affected by the infighting.
Accordingly, building democracy in Iraq presents a nightmare of a social problem, as Iraqi nationals are continuously losing their sense of belonging to Iraqi society. Undoubtedly, removing the barriers to reconciliation would provide Iraq with a solid framework for building a new, unified nation.
Mitigating corruption, though not sufficient to guarantee good governance, is a necessary condition for promoting trust between citizens and their government. In fact, mitigating corruption in a country like Iraq, that has reportedly suffered many major scandals, is critical to boosting its economy.
Our panel will discuss the future of Iraq in 4 important dimensions:
Professor Rochelle Davis, Director of the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology, will discuss the protracted crisis of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq. Professor Davis will draw on the longitudinal study she is conducting in partnership with the IOM.
Professor Abbas Kadhim, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and visiting professor at George Washington University, will discuss the upcoming Iraqi elections, corruption, and the PMU law.
Professor Peter Bartu, University of California, Berkeley and a UN mediator (Iraq, Libya, Palestine-Israel) will join us via Zoom Conferencing software to discuss the impediments to Iraqi national reconciliation and the road ahead.
Mr. Ismael Alsodani, Iraqi Defense Attache from 2007-2009, will discuss challenges facing the Iraqi army and the security forces, the relationship between Iraq’s army and the US’s, and how the Iraqi government can mitigate corruption within the military institution
Professor Joseph Sassoon, Associate Professor at Georgetown University and al-Sabah Chair in Politics and Political Economy of the Arab World, will serve as a discussant and provide additional insight into the obstacles posed by corruption to the stability of the Iraqi political economy and the rule of law.
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This panel at Georgetown University is made possible in part by a Department of Education Title VI grant to support Georgetown University’s National Resource Center – Middle East & North Africa.
The CCAS Boardroom is wheelchair accessible. If you have any other accommodation requests, please do not hesitate to contact Azza Altiraifi at firstname.lastname@example.org