AUIS Panel Discussion on Future of Iraq at Wilson Center | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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AUIS Panel Discussion on Future of Iraq at Wilson Center

Wilson Center Washington D.C.
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 12:30


After ISIS: Politics, Deal-Making, and the Struggle for Iraq’s Future

As the Islamic State (ISIS) is rolled back and defeated in Iraq and Syria, the fight for Iraq’s political future will begin. On both a local and national level, a new political deal between the country’s parties and communities will be necessary to keep the country together. Liberated territories will need to be secured by forces acceptable to locals, populations will need to return, and towns must be rebuilt. In addition, intra-Kurdish politics and Baghdad-Erbil relations will need a new framework—whether the Kurds decide to stay or go. Underlying these dynamics is the poor state of the post-oil price decline economy of the Kurdish region.

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Akeel Abbas
Professor, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

Mina al Oraibi
Senior Fellow, Institute of State Effectiveness
Member, AUIS Board of Trustees

Christine van den Toorn
Director, Institute of Regional and International Studies
American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

Bilal Wahab
Professor, International Studies, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
Director, Center for Development and Natural Resources


Henri J. Barkey
Director, Middle East Program, Wilson Center
Member, AUIS Board of Trustees

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