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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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IIS Presents a Conference - Iraq: Looking Forward (Day 1)

10:00 am on Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Castle, 225 Bay State Road
Keynote Address:
10:15 a.m. H.E. Dr. ‘Adil Abdul Mahdi, “Looking to the Future”

Panel 1 - Regional Issues:
Professor ‘Ail Banuazizi (Boston College), Moderator
11:30 a.m. Ambassador Charles Dunbar (Boston U.), “The U.S. and the Gulf Region”
11:45 a.m. Professor Matteo Legrenzi (Ca' Foscari University) , “The Gulf Security System and Iraq”
12:00 a.m. Discussion

Panel 2 - State-Society Questions:
Meghan O’Sullivan (Harvard U.), Moderator
12:30 p.m. H.E. Abdul Latif Rasheed, The Kurds of Iraq
12:45 p.m. Discussion

Panel 3 - Bi-lateral Dimensions:
Professor Gareth Stansfield, Moderator
1:00 p.m. Ambassador Dan Serwer, SAIS, “Iraqi-U.S. Relations”
1:15 p.m. Ambassador Robert Loftis, USIP, “Lessons of the U.S.-Iraq SOFA Negotiations”

General Discussion:
Professor Eric Davis, Moderator
1:30 p.m. Comments and Concluding Comments
2:00 p.m. Concludes