Iraq +10: 2013 Spring Conference

Sponsored by the Institute for Iraqi Studies in cooperation with the GR:EEN project of the European Commission

The Institute for Iraqi Studies is pleased to present a two-day conference focusing on the future of Iraq on the tenth anniversary of the American invasion in Iraq in 2003. The conference will feature presentations and an opportunity for discussion.

Dinner at the Grill 23

7:30 p.m., April 17, 2013
The limo will leave the hotel at 7:10 p.m.

Iraq+10: Looking Forward
April 18, 2013

The Castle, 225 Bay State Road
Transportation available from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m.
From the Hotel Commonwealth
(Meeting location is a ten-minute walk from the Hotel Commonwealth)
Sponsored by the Institute for Iraqi Studies in cooperation with the GR:EEN project of the European Commission


9:30 a.m. Light breakfast
10:00 a.m. Welcome from the director

State-Society Questions:

Professor Gareth Stansfield (University of Exeter) Moderator article
10:15 a.m. H.E. Abdul Latif Rashid, “The Kurds of Iraq”
10:45 a.m. Discussion
11:15 a.m. Coffee/Tea

Regional Issues:

Professor ‘Ail Banuazizi (Boston College), Moderator
11:30 a.m. Professor Matteo Legrenzi (Ca’ Foscari University) , “The Gulf Security System and Iraq”
11:45 a.m. Ambassador (ret) Charles Dunbar (Boston University), “The U.S. and the Gulf Region”
12:00 p.m. Discussion
12:15 p.m. Working Lunch

State-Society Questions II:

Professor Eric Davis (Rutgers University), Moderator
12:30 p.m. Dr. Hanan al-Fatlawi (M.P.), “The Dynamics of Parliamentary Life in a Free Iraq”
12:45 p.m. Discussion

Bi-lateral Dimensions:

Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie, Moderator
1:00 p.m. Special Envoy Dan Serwer, SAIS, “Iraqi-U.S. Relations”
1:15 p.m. Ambassador Robert Loftis, USIP, “Lessons of the U.S.-Iraq SOFA Negotiations”

1:30 p.m. Discussion

Meghan O’Sullivan (Harvard U.), Moderator
1:45 p.m. Concluding Comments
2:15 p.m. Ends
2:15 to 5:00 p.m. Open time

Harvard “Forum”
April 18, 2013

John F. Kennedy School of Government
Transportation provided from hotel to Harvard University at 5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. “Forum”, which features Abdul Latif Rashid, Hanan al-Fatlawi, Samir Sumaidaie and former U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley. Meghan O’Sullivan will moderate.

Return transportation available from 8:30 p.m.

Iraq and its Politics
April 19

The Pardee Center, 67 Bay State Road
(A five-minute walk from the Hotel Commonwealth)


9:30 a.m. Light breakfast
10:00 a.m. Welcome from the director.

State-Society Questions:

H.E. Abdul Latif Rashid, Moderator
10:15 a.m. Professor Gareth Stansfield (University of Exeter), “Iraqi Kurdistan”
10:30 a.m. Discussion
11:00 a.m. Coffee/tea

Bi-lateral Dimensions:

Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie, Moderator
11:15 a.m. Special Envoy Dan Serwer (SAIS), “Iraqi-U.S. Relations”
11:30 a.m. Ambassador (ret) Robert Loftis, “Lessons of the U.S.-Iraq SOFA Negotiations”
11:45 a.m. Comments by Meghan O‘Sullivan
12:00 noon Discussion
12:15 a.m. Working lunch

Iraq’s Democratic Transition:

Professor Roger Owen (Harvard), Moderator
12:45 p.m. Professor Toby Dodge (LSE), “Authoritarianism vs. Democracy in the New Iraq” article
1:00 p.m. Professor Eric Davis, Rutgers University, “Iraq’s Democratic Transition in Comparative Perspective”
1:15 p.m. Comments by Mr. Omar Humadi

1:30 p.m. Discussion

Professor John Tirman (MIT), Moderator
2:00 p.m. Open Discussion with opening comments by Hanan al-Fatlawi, Dan Serwer (SAIS), Meghan O‘Sullivan (Harbard University) and Abdul Latif Rashid.
2:30 p.m. Concludes

IIS Announcements

Activist 'Ali 'Issa on "Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq," at the Pardee School, 121 Bay State Road, on March 18, 2016, at 2:30 P.M.

Novel Elias Khoury read from his new book The Broken Mirrors: Sinacol on March 2, 2016, at 7:00 P.M.

Just published! Eric Davis on Taking Democracy Seriously in Iraq

PDF and Kindle versions will be available.

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Contiguous States

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JANUARY 31 2014 9am to 4:30pm: Workshop on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

CURA, 10 Lenox Street

Brookline, MA

This workshop focuses on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the contiguous countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.


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