Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 16:00
The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) would like to invite you to a panel discussion entitled "Rebuilding the Iraqi State: Spotlight on Basra," co-hosted with the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) on Tuesday, April 16 at 4:00PM in the AUIS Conference Hall.
Over the last few years, Iraqis have chosen to make their views heard at protests rather than at the ballot box. In 2018, regular summer protests in the southern province of Basra escalated into an unprecedented degree of social unrest, which was met by violent repression from state and allied forces.
Was this period in Basra a one-off, or does it suggest we are entering a new era of protests is emerging? How have relations evolved between the new government in Baghdad and the province in the last year? Has the new government effectively addressed grievances, or will the upcoming summer see more protests? The Iraq Initiative from Chatham House partners with the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani to convene a high-level panel of experts who will explore the case of Basra and what it means for the ongoing process of re-building of the Iraqi state.
Speakers will include:
- Renad Mansour (Moderator): Chatham House & IRIS
- Dhia Al-Asadi: Former Minister and MP (Ahrar Bloc)
- Jasim Al-Helfi: Iraqi Communist Party
- Belkis Wille: Human Rights Watch
- Zmkan Saleem: IRIS & AUIS
- Ali Al-Madan: Basrawi Researcher & Writer
- Hisham Al-Hashimi: Iraqi Facilitators Network
- Hanaa Edwar: Iraqi Al Amal