September 16, 2014

Iraq Turmoil: What is Next after Government Formation?

Kurdistan Regional Government - Iraq Representation in the United States

Washington, D.C.
September 16, 2014

Iraq Turmoil: What is Next after Government Formation?

A Conversation with Kurdish Leaders 
Dr. Fuad Hussein and Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir
September 18, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am ET
U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037 | Directions
International attention on Iraq has heightened since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS, under an alternative acronym) terrorist group seized control of large parts of northern and western Iraq, establishing a caliphate, displacing more than 1.7 million of people and brutally killing hundreds of people.
U.S. airstrikes enabled the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi Forces to push back on the ISIL and regain some of the areas lost to the militant group over the past few months. But further support from the U.S. is contingent upon the establishment of an inclusive Iraqi government to take the lead in countering the terrorist group and addressing underlying political, security, economic and social dynamics that allowed for ISIL advances.
Under significant internal and external pressure, Iraqi leaders have formed a new government that includes Shia, Sunnis and Kurds. While a new government and recent successes against ISIL are welcome developments, key challenges lie ahead, and questions about sustaining progress remain.
Please join us at the U.S. Institute of Peace for a timely discussion with two distinguished Kurdish leaders about the next steps in Iraq's political process, how to confront the ISIL, and what role the United States and other regional and international actors might play.

Speakers will include:
Ambassador William B. Taylor
Opening Remarks & Moderator
Acting Executive Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace
Dr. Fuad Hussein
Chief of Staff to the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masoud Barzani
Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir 
Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations

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