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Iraq and Syria Panel Three - Fraught Terrain: Stabilizing Iraq and Syria After ISIS

Iraq and Syria Panel Three - Fraught Terrain: Stabilizing Iraq and Syria After ISIS

April 3, 2018

The role of the United States is seen as indispensable throughout the Middle East, and many are looking to understand new directions in U.S. policy in the region in the wake of the counter-ISIS military campaign. U.S. administration and military leaders will discuss the stakes, challenges and requirements of bringing stability to a region in which violence persists and gains against terrorists hang by a thread.

Panelists:

Stephen J. Hadley, Moderator
Chair, Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace

General Joseph L. Votel
CENTCOM Commander

Ambassador Mark Green
Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

Brett McGurk
Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, U.S. Department of State

Iraq and Syria Panel Two - Entering the Post-ISIS Era: Iraq and its Neighbors

Iraq and Syria Panel Two - Entering the Post-ISIS Era: Iraq and its Neighbors

April 3, 2018

Beyond Iraq’s domestic post-ISIS challenges, the region is faced with continued conflict and instability, particularly in Syria. This panel will explore developments among Iraq’s neighbors amid continuing tensions in the region. Regional experts will discuss developments in Syria, Turkey, the Arab Gulf states, Iran and Russia and their impact on the region’s post-ISIS landscape.

Panelists:

Kevin Baron, Moderator
Founding Executive Editor, Defense One

Dr. Elie Abouaoun
Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

Dr. Mark N. Katz
Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University

Alireza Nader
Senior International/Defense Researcher, RAND

Mona Yacoubian
Senior Advisor for Syria, U.S. Institute of Peace

Iraq and Syria Panel One - A Pivotal Moment for Iraq

Iraq and Syria Panel One - A Pivotal Moment for Iraq

April 3, 2018

Following Iraq’s defeat of ISIS, the country must manage a web of internal challenges and conflicts, many deepened by the war. As the country prepares for a critical national election, its social fabric is torn by sectarian tensions, the ongoing displacement of over 2 million citizens, and the Kurdistan region’s 2017 independence referendum. The economy is stagnant; corruption is pervasive. Yet Iraqi pride in the military victory against the ISIS extremists has increased nationalist sentiments in many communities. Many hope the victory and the country’s energy shifting into politics would enable positive change. So what is the path ahead? Experts will discuss Iraq’s recovery from ISIS and the country’s future.

Panelists:

Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, Moderator
President, Middle East Broadcasting Networks
Ambassador Fareed Yasseen
Ambassador to the United States, Republic of Iraq

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States

Sarhang Hamasaeed
Director, Middle East Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

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